Who We Are

Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) provides retirement and other benefits to the employees of more than 500 government agencies and public entities in the state of Colorado. Established by state law in 1931, PERA operates by authority of the Colorado General Assembly and is administered under Title 24, Article 51 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. In accordance with its duty to administer PERA, the Board of Trustees has the authority to adopt and revise Rules in accordance with state statutes.

Members of PERA include employees of the Colorado state government, public school teachers in the state, many university and college employees, judges, many employees of cities and towns, State Troopers, and the employees of many other public entities.

PERA is a substitute for Social Security for most of these public employees. Benefits are pre-funded, which means while a member is working, he or she is required to contribute a fixed percentage of their salary to the retirement trust funds. This percentage is 8 percent for most members. Employers also contribute a percentage of pay to the trust fund.

The trust funds are then invested by PERA under the direction of the Board of Trustees. PERA's investment strategy uses actuarially established investment objectives with long-term goals and policies.

PERA Mission and Vision Statements


To promote long-term financial security for our membership while maintaining the stability of the fund.


To become the retirement plan of choice for all Colorado public employees.

Guiding Principles:

  • We will deliver quality customer service, sound investment decisions, operational efficiency, educational programs, competitive plan design, and actively participate in legislative issues that affect our organization.
  • All activities undertaken will adhere to the guiding principles of customer focus, ethical conduct, accountability, excellence and ongoing process improvement.