Pension Tracker

Joe Nation, Ph.D.

Project Director
Stanford Institute for
Economic Policy Research

The Bottom 25% (Lowest quartile) indicates relatively lower unfunded liabilities. The Top 25% (Highest quartile) indicates relatively higher unfunded liabilities. Metrics reflect the Fiscal Year selected. Agencies reported as NA or agencies for which we do not have geographic locations are excluded from calculations. See Glossary for additional information.

Data reflect Fiscal Year (FY) , the most recent available.

About Pension Tracker

Pension Tracker provides detailed information about the financial status of California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) member agencies and independent employer agencies in California's counties, cities, and special districts. Pension Tracker does not report information for municipal governments that do not offer Defined Benefit (DB) retirement plans. Users should assume that these municipal governments have pension debt of zero. These municipal governments often offer Defined Contribution (DC) plans that result in no financial obligation to retirees.

It does not provide information on the California State Teachers' Retirement System, CalSTRS, or on the University of California Retirement System, UCRS. It also does not provide information on the relatively low number of subsidiary agencies managed by independent systems. These data will be added in the next version of Pension Tracker.

The site contains roughly 2 million data points and relies on actuarial, budgetary, demographic, and other financial data from a number of sources, including CalPERS, 63 independent pension systems, the State Controller's Office, the State Treasurer's Office, the California Department of Finance, and the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Questions about Pension Tracker should be directed to Joe Nation (, the Project Director.

Pension Tracker is supported by funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the Crankstart Foundation.

Pension Tracker Team

Joe Nation is a Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Stanford, the Director of the Graduate Public Policy Practicum, and the Grossman-Kennedy Fellow in Human Biology. He serves as Project Director for Pension Tracker.

Jeremy Bulow provides technical assistance to the project. He is the Richard Stepp Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and is also a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Greg Rosston provides technical assistance to the project. He is the Director of Stanford's Public Policy Program and the former Deputy Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

William F. Sharpe provides technical assistance to the project. He is the STANCO 25 Professor of Finance, Emeritus at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and the winner of the 1990 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

John Shoven provides technical assistance to the project. He recently served as the Trione Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and is currently the Charles R. Schwab Professor of Economics, and the Buzz and Barbara McCoy Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Olympia Nguyen Tulloch is a Research Assistant on the project. Previously, she held portfolio management and strategy roles at JPMorgan, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford in Computer Systems Engineering and Management Science & Engineering.

Nicolas Pena Brown is a freshman and a prospective Public Policy Major at Stanford. In high school he worked for numerous political campaigns both in the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Nicolas expects to pursue a career in public service.

Benji Nguyen is a Masters student in Public Policy at Stanford. He was also an undergraduate at Stanford, where he majored in Symbolic Systems. He has previous experience as an operations research analyst at the Stanford Children's Hospital and an online marketing analyst.

Sylesh Volla is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Public Policy at Stanford University. He currently works as a volunteer tax counselor for AARP Tax-Aide in Palo Alto. He has interned at U.S. Bank, Capricorn Investment Group, and most recently the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.

Gyanendra Prakash works as a software developer for Pension Tracker. Has done post-graduation work in Computer Science and has more than 8 years of experience building databases.

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