Mel Aaronson, Immediate Past President
New York, New York
Mel Aaronson serves on the NCPERS executive board as the immediate past president. He is chair of the legislative committee and is a member of the advisors; credentials; executive; and bylaws, policy, and resolutions committees. He was first elected to the NCPERS executive board in 1997.
Aaronson has served as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York, the retirement plan for teacher employees serving the citizens of New York. The Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits to more than 80,000 beneficiaries and has more than 100,000 in-service members. The system has more than $71 billion in assets under management. Aaronson served as chairman of the board from 2011 through 2015 and was a member of the investment and budget committees. He was first elected to the system’s board of trustees in 1980.
Aaronson has served as a teacher for 58 years. He is the treasurer of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Local 2, American Federation of Teachers (AFT). He has served as a pension consultant of UFT for more than 40 years.
In 1981, Aaronson was a delegate to the New York and White House conferences on aging. In 1995, he served as a delegate to the New York State conference on aging and as an alternate delegate to the White House conference. In 1998, he served as a delegate to the White House conference on Social Security, and in 2002 he was a delegate to the National Summit on Retirement Savings.
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