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Two UC staff elected to retirement system advisory board

Michael A. Fehr of UCLA and Naomi Nakamura of UCSF Medical Center have been elected staff representatives to the University of California Retirement System Advisory Board.

More than 7,500 staff members cast ballots in the election, with Fehr and Nakamura receiving the most votes in a field of six candidates.

250_michael-fehrFehr, a computer resource specialist, has worked at UCLA for 28 years. In his current position, he provides desktop support to UCLA’s Biomedical Library staff and users. He is a member of the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union. “I want all UC staff to have the most secure retirement possible at a cost that staff can afford,” Fehr said.

250_Naomi-NakamuraNakamura has worked at UCSF Medical Center as a pharmacy technician for four years. She is a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). “I want to make sure that the health of UC’s pension plan is protected and that it continues to serve as an important tool to attract and maintain UC faculty and staff,” Nakamura said.

The election, which was held from May 19 through June 17, was conducted with both electronic and paper balloting, Spanish translations, and an independent third-party vendor.

Here are the complete election results:

Michael Fehr:               4,073

Naomi Nakamura:        3,730

Brian A. Ross:                2,718

Craig R. Harmelin:       1,583

Aman K. Parikh:           1,553

Shirleyrae Reed:              820

Fehr and Nakamura will join the board July 1, becoming part of the 11-member advisory group that represents a cross-section of the university community. They will both serve a four-year term on the board.

In addition to the two seats held by elected staff representatives, the board includes two members selected by the Academic Senate; the chief investment officer, presidential appointments, and chairs of the Council of UC Emeriti Associations and Council of UC Retiree Associations.

The board meets a minimum of three times a year to discuss and share its opinions with UC leadership relating to all members, retirees and their beneficiaries for the following plans:

  • University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP)
  • Tax-Deferred 403(b) Plan
  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Defined Contribution Plan

Learn more about the UCRS Advisory Board and the election process here.

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