The Louisiana Association of Public Employees' Retirement Systems (LAPERS) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that brings together individuals employed by state, statewide, and local public employees' pension plans to exchange information, ideas, and experiences with others facing the same challenges. By uniting Louisiana public retirement systems, LAPERS works for their common interests, monitors state and federal legislative activities, and enhances public pension fund management and administration by providing educational and informational services to its members.
Originally organized in 1985, today LAPERS has 21 member systems representing more than 358,000 employees and retirees and $40.1 billion in assets.
One of the primary educational forums sponsored by the organization is the Louisiana Public Retirement Seminar, founded in 1989 by then-Representative Vincent Joseph "V.J." Bella. This Seminar has been sponsored by LAPERS since 1991.