Dave Nelsen was appointed by the ACERA Board of Retirement and began work as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on April 11, 2016. As CEO, Mr. Nelsen reports to the Board of Retirement and is responsible for leadership and management of all ACERA operations, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the California Government Code, regulations, and Board policies.
Kathy Foster, Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), has over 32 years experience in California public pension plans. Ms. Foster began her career path with the Contra Costa County Employees Retirement Association where she spent 18 years as a member of the Benefits Department team. In 2001, she joined Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACERA) as the Retirement Benefits Manager. In 2008, she was appointed to Assistant Chief Executive Officer and oversees Benefits.
Margo M. Allen, Ph.D. serves as ACERA’s Fiscal Services Officer, where her department provides accounting and financial services to all ACERA departments. She began her appointment as the Fiscal Services Officer on February 4, 2013.
Ms. Arruda’s career with the public sector began in 1995 with the County of Alameda, Social Services Department. She joined ACERA’s Human Resources team in 2000 and was appointed as Human Resources Officer in 2004. In her new role, she oversees employee relations and implements employee retention programs.
Ms. Arruda is an active member of the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and International Personnel Management Association (IPMA).
Sandra Dueñas-Cuevas has over 32 years of experience in government, non-profits, marketing, and sales. Coming to ACERA out of 6 years of work for the Office of the Alameda County Public Defender, Ms. Dueñas-Cuevas joined ACERA in 2001 as a Retirement Specialist, was promoted within 6 years to management, and was appointed Benefits Department Manager in 2015.
Harsh Jadhav serves as Chief of Internal Audit, where his department is responsible for providing independent assurance and advisory services designed to improve operational efficiencies and protect against misappropriation of public funds. As part of senior management, the Chief of Internal Audit is tasked with bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of key financial and operational controls, and reports directly to the ACERA Board of Retirement.
Vijay Jagar serves as Chief Technology Officer for ACERA, where the Project & Information Services Management (PRISM) department he heads is responsible for the information technology and computer systems that support organizational goals.
Previously, Mr. Jagar has provided IT consulting to private, government, and non-profit sectors in the areas of IT strategic planning, project management, and infrastructure upgrades.
Mr. Jagar has certifications in cybersecurity and project management, and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from UCLA.
Kathy Mount joined ACERA as Chief Counsel in July 2017. She previously practiced law as a partner at Meyers Nave representing a wide range of public agencies in employment and governance matters and as a Deputy County Counsel with Alameda County. Ms. Mount also served as Human Resources Director and Assistant City Manager for the City of South San Francisco during the 2008 recession and implementation of PEPRA, and as Interim Director of Human Resources for Alameda County.
Betty Tse, CPA, CGMA, MBA manages and oversees ACERA’s $8.1 billion investment portfolio and acts as a primary resource for the CEO and as the liaison to ACERA’s Investment Committee. Ms. Tse served as ACERA’s Investment Officer for three years beginning in 1999 when she was promoted from Investment Analyst. In 2002, she became ACERA’s first Chief Investment Officer; prior to this the Investment Department was managed by the Chief Executive Officer.
The Administration Department is led by the Chief Executive Officer who plans, manages, and administers the business of the retirement system and coordinates external outreach with legislators and member organizations.
The Benefits Department administers all benefit programs and provides multiple services to active, deferred and retired ACERA members.