CSU-ERFA California State University Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association.

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CSU-ERFA was founded in 1985 in response to threats and attempts to reduce or eliminate CSU retirees rights, privileges and benefits and to support activity of retired faculty as continuing members of the academic community. The organization has grown steadily and now has nearly 3000 members including some 300 living outside California.  Retired staff members who are members of a campus organization affiliated with CSU-ERFA are eligible and welcome to join CSU-ERFA.

Since its founding in 1985, CSU-ERFA has centered its activities on the protection and enhancement of retiree benefits. A few of its accomplishments include:

(1) Leading the development of the PERS Long Term Care Partnership option.

(2) Being instrumental in stopping the use of $2 billion from PERS pension supplemental funds to offset the state budget. These funds might be used to lessen retiree losses due to inflation .

(3) Supporting adoption of Proposition 162, the Pension Protection Initiative, which was a result of the combined efforts of CSU-ERFA and a coalition of senior groups. It was approved by the California voters and is now part of the California Constitution (Art. XVI, Sect. 17).

(4) Keeping a close watch on the investment and use of PERS funds because legislative action and court decisions could diminish the intended effect of Proposition 162.

(5) Successfully supported adoption by the CSU Board of Trustees of a resolution recognizing Emeritus faculty as continuing members of the academic community.

(Visit our accomplishments page to view a more detailed list of CSU-ERFA accomplishments on behalf of its members and all CSU retirees.)

The Association publishes a newsletter, the Reporter, four times a year. This journal keeps members informed about pending legislation in the state legislature and Congress, as well as actions of public executive officers, the office of the CSU Chancellor, and the Board of Trustees that could affect member benefits, rights, or privileges. CSU-ERFA also sends its members a yearly pocket calendar that includes important addresses of CSU-ERFA officers, campus retiree organizations, and members of the PERS Administrative Board.


The State Council is the governing body of CSU-ERFA.  It includes CSU-ERFA officers, executive committee members-at-large, delegates from campus affiliated organization, nine at-large delegates, chairs of CSU-ERFA's standing committees, and ex officio members.  The State Council meets twice a year.

The Executive Committee is comprised of the CSU-ERFA president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, past president, executive director, the editor of the Reporter, the CSU-ERFA webmaster, and four at-large members.

In addition, CSU-ERFA currently has five standing committees, an archivist, and liaisons to the California Faculty Association and the CSU Academic Senate.

The CSU-ERFA Constitution and By-laws are available online in pdf form.

CSU-ERFA Constitution

CSU-ERFA By-laws

Administrative Staff

The day-to-day operations of CSU-ERFA are carried out by a small paid staff consisting of our Executive Director, Office Manager, and Administrative Assistant who work out of the Retiree Center at Cal State Northridge.

Staff Contact Information

Picture of Harold Goldwhite.

Harold Goldwhite
(Los Angeles), Executive Director

Picture of Office Manager Melanie Mamakos.

Melanie Mamakos
, Office Manager

The Retiree Center
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8339

Office Hours (effective May 16, 2016) - Monday through Thursday 9 AM to 3 PM Pacific Time
Voicemail messages may be left outside of regular office hours.

Phone: (818) 677-6522
FAX: (818) 677-6511
email: csu_erfa@csun.edu

CSU-ERFA Listserv

CSU-ERFA recently established a "listserv" to rapidly inform members of important association information.  A "listserv" is an automated email list.  Messages posted to the listserver are automatically sent to all email addresses that have subscribed to the list.  There are two types of listservers, unmoderated and moderated.  Anybody who is subscribed to the "listserv" can post a message.  If the "listserv" is unmoderated that message is immediately sent out to everyone on the list.  If the "listserv" is moderated, a moderator must approve the message before it can be sent out to the list.  The CSU-ERFA listserv is moderated.  To join the CSU-ERFA listserv click on the following http://lists.sjsu.edu/lists&+csu-erfa.  When you see the form on the website fill in your name and complete email address.  You will receive an email message confirming that you have been added to the listserv.

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