Marsha Anderson - Place 7 Retired General Employee
Marsha Anderson, a City of Fort Worth employee from 1986 to 2010, was elected to the Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund Board of Trustees in 2013 to represent all general employee retirees. She Chairs the Personnel Committee and serves on the Audit and Budget, and Disability Committees of the Retirement Fund. Marsha also is a member of the city's Retiree Health Benefits Advisory Committee. As an active employee, Marsha served four years as vice president of the largest general employees' association. In 2007 when the Retirement Fund separated from the city, she negotiated with Mayor Mike Moncrief to allow general employees two Board-member seats on the Fund Board, rather than the single seat proposed by the city.
Marsha has actively advocated for retired general employees since her retirement. Since 2012, she has served as President of the Coalition of Retired Employees (CORE) and, prior to that, as Vice President and City Council Liaison of the organization. Under her leadership, CORE membership has tripled and the organization became a member of the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems. She has met with every member of the city council and several federal and state legislators regarding the pension fund and retiree health benefits. In addition, she helped organize and facilitate a city council candidate forum for retirees in April 2013. In 2014, under Marsha's leadership, CORE hosted a forum for all candidates running for state office. She served as the event's moderator and used the opportunity to bring the candidates up to speed on the healthy status of the Retirement Fund.
Marsha has an undergraduate degree in journalism/communications and did graduate work in urban affairs. She has worked in corporate public relations and as a reporter in print and radio. During her 24-year career with the City of Fort Worth, she served on the city manager's Incident Command Team and, as a Public Information Officer, worked many catastrophic events. She was the first civilian from Fort Worth to earn certification as an advanced public information officer at the National Fire Academy, which is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Marsha has completed more than 28 hours of continuing education and training through the Texas Public Employee Retirement Systems Certified Fiduciary Education Program, and more than 10 hours of continuing education through the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems. She has also completed more than 60 hours of continuing education through the OPAL Financial Group program and, in 2013, earned a certificate of completion for Open Meetings Act training. She has surpassed the minimum education requirements for pension Trustees required by Texas Pension Review Board.