Bradford previously served as chair of the CTA Retirement Committee.
News release | Thomas Lawrence
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 28, 2020) — Denise Bradford, a longtime elementary school teacher from the Saddleback Valley Unified School District in Orange County, has begun serving a four-year term on the Teachers’ Retirement Board as one of three elected members on the 12-member board.
Bradford, who is representing current educators, starts her work on the board with this week’s meeting, which will be held from January 30–31. Her term extends through calendar year 2023.
“It is an honor to join the board, and I am humbled to represent my peers statewide,” said Bradford, who previously chaired the California Teachers Association’s Retirement Committee. “I am excited to continue fighting for the financial future of California’s educators and their families.”
Bradford, who is a new-educator mentor and curriculum leader, is president of the Saddleback Valley Educators Association—representing 1,200 members.
“Denise is a relentless advocate for the secure retirement of educators,” Teachers’ Retirement Board Chair Sharon Hendricks said. “Her immense experience as both an educator and CTA leader will strengthen our board and serve our members. We’re excited to have Denise join the board and add her unique perspective.”
Bradford graduated from the University of Southern California with bachelor’s degrees in German language and literature and international relations and obtained her master’s in educational leadership and administration from California State University, Fullerton.
She replaces Dana Dillon, who retired following a 16-year stint on the board.
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CalSTRS provides a secure retirement to more than 964,000 members whose CalSTRS-covered service is not eligible for Social Security participation. Members retire on average after more than 24 years in the classroom with a monthly benefit of approximately $4,547. Established in 1913, CalSTRS is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world with approximately $254 billion in assets under management. CalSTRS demonstrates its strong commitment to long-term corporate sustainability principles in its annual Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Report. For more information, visit CalSTRS.com.