Deanna Van Valer, Assistant Vice President, ASA, EA, MAAA, FCA

(650) 377-1612 | Email Deanna


Deanna's 25 years of actuarial experience includes 7 years as a CalPERS actuary in addition to working in large and small private sector consulting firms. She has significant experience with public sector plans, including OPEB plans, 37 Act Retirement Systems, and PARS plans. Clients appreciate Deanna’s ability to “speak their language” and provide easy-to-understand explanations of even the most difficult topics. Deanna’s experience includes:
  • Actuarial valuations for private and public sector pension plans.
  • Studies analyzing the cost of new benefits and changes to existing plans.
  • Studies analyzing the rates at which plan members retire, become disabled, terminate, and die.
  • Valuations of postretirement medical, dental, vision and life insurance programs.
  • Plan amendments, summary plan descriptions, other employee communications and government filings.
  • Calculation of benefits, service purchases, and present values.
  • Consultant for 37 Act Retirement Systems and other California county and local governmental pension plans, assisting with strategic planning, policy setting, and staff education.
  • CalPERS actuary for 7 years supervising annual valuations for 5 large State plans with over 600,000 members, non-teaching Schools plans with over 300,000 members, in addition to more than 1,900 plans of participating CalPERS employers.

Speaking Engagements

  • Professional conferences and educational seminars for SACRS, CALAPRS, FPPTA.


  • Associate of the Society of Actuaries
  • Enrolled Actuary under ERISA
  • Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries
  • Member, American Academy of Actuaries
  • BA in mathematics, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
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