- What is an Ambassador?
- Why do we need Ambassadors?
- What does an Ambassador do?
- What training will Ambassadors receive?
- How much time will it take to be an Ambassador?
- What are the perks of being an Ambassador?
- What have PERA Ambassadors recently accomplished?
- What are the next steps?
An Ambassador represents PERA in the community where he/she lives, sharing PERA’s message with legislators, civic and community leaders, the media, and the general public.
As part of PERA’s broader communication effort with the public about the value of PERA to the state, Ambassadors are our representatives with local stakeholders, personalizing the message and serving as a point of contact with elected officials and other community leaders.
An Ambassador will be asked to participate in a variety of activities including contacting his/her state senator and representative, writing letters to the editor, and participating in occasional community meetings or other outreach efforts.
All Ambassadors will be provided with message training and a handbook detailing the program. You will also have access to resources and people you can speak with if you have questions, and there are different levels of involvement available for Ambassadors. Previous experience is not necessary!
We only ask for a commitment of about one hour per month, with less time being needed during certain times of the year, and more during and leading up to the legislative session.
Ambassadors will gain the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to protect the retirement security of public employees in Colorado and spreading the message about the positive impact of PERA. Ambassadors will also be invited to attend statewide and regional events, and receive recognition in publications and meetings. Recently, many Ambassadors were featured in a PERA video discussing their experiences as PERA members (see below).
Ambassadors have had dozens of letters to the editor published (example letter in the Colorado Springs Gazette) and have received kudos from legislators in committee hearings and on the floor of the House and Senate.
Sen. Chris Holbert, R-Highlands Ranch, recently stated in committee, "I really appreciate the Ambassadors that we met with."
Ambassadors are also asked to share their story to be included in PERA’s outreach efforts.
Complete the sign up form, and you will be contacted by an Ambassador Field Manager who will answer any additional questions and inform you of the upcoming training schedule. You may also contact the Ambassador Program directly at 303-398-7677, or via email at AmbassadorMail@copera.org.