Ms. Basgal was first appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to the ACERA Board of Retirement in 2003. She is 1st Vice-Chair of the Board of Retirement. She is also the Chair of the Operations and Actuarial Committees and Vice Chair of the Operations, CEO Evaluation, CEO Succession, and By-Laws Committees. She is a member of the Retirees and Investment Committees.
Ms. Basgal served as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Alameda County from May 1978 until September 2005 when she became Vice President of Civic Partnership and Community Initiatives at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Ms. Basgal was appointed by the Obama Administration and served from 2010 to 2016 as the Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator, Region IX (Pacific/Hawaii) which includes the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. She is currently a visiting scholar at the University Of California Terner Center For Housing Innovation and a consultant in the affordable housing sector.
Ms. Basgal earned a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from Arizona State University and a Master of Social Welfare Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. An Oakland resident for 35 years, Ms. Basgal is originally from Phoenix, Arizona.