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New executive director named

Linda Webb Low Rez The Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund Board of Trustees has selected Linda Webb to serve as executive director. Her first day will be August 22.

Webb comes to the Fund from the Ventura County (CA) Employees’ Retirement Association (VCERA), where she has worked since 2015. At VCERA, she served as retirement administrator (the chief executive position), overseeing operations and reporting to the board. VCERA is a $7 billion fund serving more than 20,000 members.

Prior to that role, she served as the director of member services for the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), a pension system with $8.5 billion in assets and 80,000 members. During her time at OPERS, she received a Governor’s Commendation.

Doug Wilson, chair of the Fund’s Board of Trustees, said the Board was thrilled to have Webb coming to Fort Worth.

“Linda has extensive experience in pension administration and an impressive track record of success,” he said. “Beyond her professional credentials, we also were very impressed with her personal skills. We think she is the right person at the right time, and she will do an outstanding job leading the Fund.”

As executive director, Webb will oversee all aspects of the Fund’s administration, including strategic planning, investment oversight, benefits administration, policy implementation, stakeholder outreach, and staff development. She will be succeeding Benefits Manager Eleza Bennett, who has been serving as interim executive director. 

“In addition to welcoming Linda on board, we also want to recognize Eleza and the staff,” Wilson said. “They have done an outstanding job serving our members during this time of transition.”

Webb is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She received a certificate of achievement in public plan policy in 2009 from the IFEBP.