Ms. Karen Freire is the Chief Benefits Analyst overseeing the Retirement Services Division. The Division provides LACERS’ members with services relating to Service Retirement, Disability Retirement, Survivor Benefits, Service Purchases, and other related retirement benefits. Prior to becoming Chief Benefits Analyst, she oversaw LACERS’ Strategic Planning and Office Services Section, which provided strategic planning coordination and administrative support to the Department.
Ms. Freire joined the City of Los Angeles in 2001 and worked for the Departments of General Services, Building and Safety, and Recreation and Parks before she arrived in LACERS in 2008. She held positions in areas related to the administration of contracts, budget, and procurement.
Ms. Freire has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing Management from the California State University Los Angeles, and an Associate of Arts degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.