Lois Nelson, Pensioner Trustee Candidate

Email: Loisnelson2004@sbcglobal.net
Lois Nelson 2021 Election

Statement of Candidacy 

I am Trustee and Recording Secretary Lois Nelson of the CTPF Board, along with Member of Executive Committee, Health Insurance, and Chair of Return to Work Committee.  I was an Active Trustee from 2005 until 2010 and a Pensioner Trustee replacing Dr. Pilditch from March 2018 until November 2018.  I was fully elected in 2019, and 2021. I’m running again for Re-Election to advocate and protect our pensions that we have earned and our Active Teachers are paying into right now.  I am knowledgeable about the Pension Fund Statutes that govern our Fund and I make myself, as a Trustee, aware of day to day issues that affect our Fund in order to make informed decisions at the Trustee Board Meetings when asked to vote. The vote is very important.


Served as CTPF VP, Financial Secretary, Recording Secretary (in this position now), CTU Retiree Delegate, AFT/IFT Delegate, Retiree Standing Committee Member, Member of CTU Substitute and Displaced Teachers, CORE Member, AFT Chicago Black Caucus, CO-Chair of Political Action Committee 2009, Lead Mentor Teacher at Earle while teaching and Court Reporter for Chicago Title & Trust prior to teaching.

  • Instrumental in allowing members to return to CTPF Medical Plans after advice by others or self decision to leave CTPF Health plans.  Before, members could not return to CTPF Health plans.
  • Instrumental in the raise of the Subsidy from 50% to 60% after analysis. 
  • Instrumental in  Guest Teachers CPS mandatory days, not being counted 
  • Instrumental while an Active Trustee in filling the position of Internal Auditor whose job is to report to the Trustees about issues of concern
  • Received NAPW woman of the year 2013 - 2014 
  • One of twenty to receive the NASP Trailblazer Award on March 29, 2023
  • Lifetime member of Nat’l Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa INC. and RTAC
  • Trustees must be good Fiduciaries and “Watch Dogs” if you will.
  • The main duty of the elected Trustees  is to monitor the Fund decisions
  • Spoke against and voted against the Sterling Bay project
  • As CTPF Recording Secretary, I have provided Knowledge from the Statute
  • I voted against Real Estate projects that are risky or not in Chicago’ interest
  • The vote was Yes for more ESG and No for continuing Fossil Fuel Investing
  • After many trips to Springfield by the CTU, the Tax Levy is restored to CTPF
  • The continued CTPF focus is no more “HOLIDAYS”, protect 3% Cola, No TRS Combo, and Environment – Social –and Governess {ESG} new Investments
  • I attend Investment Forums and Conferences to learn of new investments
  • It is paramount to acknowledge Staff expertise, but one needs to be able to understand what one is voting for or against


  • Bachelor of Science in Education at  Chicago State University
  • Master of Science in Education at Governor’s State University
  • 60+ hours of Post Graduate Education at several Universities 
  • Illinois State Board of Education: Active Certificate
  • Gifted Teacher Certificate: Illinois State University – Grade A
  • Youth Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency Mini Society Certificate

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