Lois Nelson Appointed to Fill Pensioner Trustee Vacancy


Thursday, March 15, 2018, the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund Board of Trustees appointed Lois Nelson to serve as a Pensioner Trustee until the Board’s November 2018 meeting. Trustee Nelson temporarily fills the vacancy created by Dr. Walter E. Pilditch’s death on December 24, 2017. There will be an open election this fall to complete the remaining year of Dr. Pilditch’s two-year Pensioner Trustee term.

Lois NelsonTrustee Nelson earned a BS in Education from Chicago State University, and an MS in Education from Governor’s State University. She was a teacher at Earle Elementary School for more than 40 years and retired in 2011. She served the CTPF Board as a Teacher Trustee from 2005-2010, including spending parts of her tenure as Financial Secretary and Vice President for the Board. Trustee Nelson has been an active member of several groups and organizations, including the Chicago Teachers Union Retiree Functional Group, Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators (CORE), and AFT Black Caucus Chicago Chapter.

“We appreciate Ms. Nelson’s previous service to CTPF and welcome her back to the Board of Trustees representing our pensioners,” said Charles A. Burbridge, CTPF Executive Director. “We value the experience and dedication that she brings to the Board and look forward to working with her in the months ahead.”

Based on the Vacancies section of CTPF's bylaws, following the declaration of the vacancy on the Board, a Vacancy committee was appointed to evaluate candidates and to recommend an individual to the Board to fill the vacancy. Seven retired members applied for the position. The committee met to evaluate applications and to interview finalists and made a formal recommendation which the Board accepted on March 15, 2018. An election will be held to fill the vacancy in November 2018.