CII Spring 2019 Conference


Jerry Albright
Chief Investment Officer, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Jerry Albright is the Chief Investment Officer for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). Mr. Albright previously served as TRS Investment Division’s Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Chief Operating Officer, as well as the Director of Investment Operations. As Chief Investment Officer he has oversight over one of the largest (23rd) pools of capital in the world. It is the 7th largest in the United States and a portfolio structure that includes a $50 billion dollar Global Public Equity portfolio, external and Internal, a $45 billion dollar Private Markets portfolio of Real Assets and Private Equity, as well as other innovative portfolio additions such as Hedge Funds and Risk Parity. The fund has also pioneered among US funds by opening foreign office locations under Albright’s directions, where he is the sole Director of TRICOT. TRS provides retirement benefits to over 1.5 million members and is required to make on average over long periods of time an 8% return.

TRS invests in over 15,000 businesses, and invest in 54 different countries around the Globe in a 24 hour nonstop 365 days a year operation. He is currently listed by the Institutional Investors Magazine as one of the top 100 most powerful asset owners in the world.

Prior to joining TRS, Mr. Albright was the Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of a multi-bank holding company in Texas. He also served as a Director on the Board of two affiliated banks.

Mr. Albright holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A& M University and is on the Advisory Board of the Finance Department at Texas A&M University. He also serves on the Governing Board as Vice Chairman of the Toigo Foundation. Mr. Albright has been married to Dr. Brenda Albright for 37 years. She is the former Deputy Superintendent of Georgetown ISD and has been in the educational business for 25 years. She is a Board member of Goodwill Central Texas, and a member of The Goodwill Excel Center Charter School Board. They have one daughter, a public school teacher, and one son, a Travis County Deputy.

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Donna Anderson
Vice President and Head of Corporate Governance, T. Rowe Price
Donna F. Anderson is Vice President and Head of Corporate Governance for T. Rowe Price. In her current role, Ms. Anderson leads the policy-formation process for proxy voting, chairs the firm’s Proxy Committee and leads the firm’s engagement efforts with portfolio companies. She serves as a specialist for incorporating environmental, social and governance considerations into the firm’s investment-research process. She is also a member of the Valuation Committee. Before joining T. Rowe Price in 2007, Ms. Anderson was Director of Equity Research for Invesco Funds in Houston. During her nine years at Invesco, she chaired the company’s Proxy Committee. Ms. Anderson earned her undergraduate degree in foreign languages from Trinity University and her M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a CFA Charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute and the Baltimore CFA Society. In addition, she serves on the Corporate Governance Advisory Board of the Council of Institutional Investors and the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware.
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James Andrus
Investment Officer, California Public Employees' Retirement System

James Andrus is an Investment Manager in Global Equity. CalPERS’ is the largest public pension system in the United States with approximately $350 billion in global assets.  James leads the legal and regulatory financial market agenda focused on data and corporate reporting transparency.


He is a member of the Disclosure and Transparency Committee of International Corporate Governance Network.  Prior to joining CalPERS in 2014, James served as a Corporate Partner at the law firm K&L Gates where he formed alternative investment funds and led mergers and acquisitions in the technology and gaming industry. While at K&L Gates, James also served as the President of the King County Bar Association representing more than 14,000 lawyers in Seattle/King County.  James began his legal work as a Finance Associate with Mayer Brown in Houston and  began his professional career as a Quartermaster Captain in the United States Army. 


In community service, James served on the Board of Pioneer Human Services for 9 years.  Pioneer is a $100,000,000 social entrepreneurship organization and operates companies that assist people with criminal histories in productively returning to society.  He also served on the Board of Governors of the Central Washington Business School.


 James is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law in 1995 and the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1987.

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Jeff Bailey
Former Senior Director, Benefits, Target Corporation
Jeffery V. Bailey, CFA, prior to his retirement, was Senior Director, Benefits, at Target Corporation, where he supervised the administration of the company’s qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health plans, and absence management plans as well as directed the investment programs of the company’s $10+ billion defined-benefit and defined-contribution plans. Previously, Mr. Bailey was a managing partner of Richards & Tierney, a Chicago-based pension consulting firm specializing in quantitative risk control techniques. Prior to that position, he was assistant executive director of the Minnesota State Board of Investment, which manages the pension assets of Minnesota public employees. Mr. Bailey has published numerous articles about pension management. He co-authored the textbooks Investments and Fundamentals of Investments with William F. Sharpe and Gordon J. Alexander and co-authored the Research Foundation of CFA Institute publications A Primer for Investment Trustees and Controlling Misfit Risk in Multiple-Manager Investment Programs. Among other boards, Mr. Bailey has served on the Minnesota State Board of Investment’s Advisory Council and the University of Minnesota Foundation Investment Advisors board of directors. Mr. Bailey received a BA in economics from Oakland University and an MA in economics and MBA in finance from the University of Minnesota.
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Ron Baker
Executive Director, Colorado PERA

Ron Baker is the Executive Director for the Public Employees’ Retirement Association of Colorado (PERA). He is the seventh Executive Director of the retirement system, which has $49 billion in defined benefit assets and $4.4 billion in defined contribution assets and serves more than 580,000 current and retired Colorado public employees. In addition to providing leadership for the nation’s 23rd largest public pension plan, Ron oversees 290 employees and an $80 million annual budget.

In December 2017, the PERA Board of Trustees named Ron Interim Executive Director. Ron has been a member and active contributor to PERA’s executive leadership team since 2009. As Interim Executive Director he was responsible for PERA’s operations, as well as the execution of PERA’s strategy implementation and recently was successful in collaborating with the members of the Colorado General Assembly to facilitate the development of Senate Bill 18-200 addressing PERA’s funded status.

Before being named Interim Executive Director, Ron was PERA’s Chief Administrative Officer, a position he was appointed to in 2013. In this role he led the implementation of the PERA Board’s Strategic Initiatives, as well as oversaw over 70 PERA employees. He managed PERA’s Application Development, Information Technology, Human Resources, Operations Support, Project Management, and Property Management Divisions. Previous to the Chief Administrative Officer position, Ron was promoted to Chief Technology Officer in 2009, where he led the implementation of the merger of the Denver Public Schools Retirement System (DPSRS) into PERA. He also served as an Application Development Manager from 1999, until his appointment as the Director of the Application Development Division in 2007.

Ron represents PERA to many diverse stakeholders and with multiple national organizations. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) in March 2018.

Prior to joining PERA, Ron started his professional career as a computer programmer at Columbine Systems in Golden, Colorado.

Ron is a native Coloradan and a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in mathematics, with a dual emphasis in computer science and liberal arts mathematics. He also is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Daniels College of Business at the University of  Denver.

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Ken Bertsch
Executive Director, Council of Institutional Investors
Bertsch was named Executive Director of the Council of Institutional Investors in March 2016.
He has more than 30 years of experience across a wide range of investment, consulting,
management and corporate governance roles. He most recently served as a Partner at
CamberView Partners. He previously was President and CEO of the Society of Corporate
Secretaries & Governance Professionals; Executive Director for corporate governance and
proxy voting at Morgan Stanley Investment Management; Managing Director for corporate
governance analysis at Moody's Investors Service; Director of the governance engagement
program at TIAA-CREF; and in various roles at the Investor Responsibility Research Center. He
holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Williams
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Michael Beschloss
Presidential Historian and Bestselling Author

Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, scholar of leadership and bestselling author of ten books -- most recently the acclaimed New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Presidents of War.  The New York Times Book Review calls Presidents of War “a superb and important book, superbly rendered.”  The Financial Times says that the book “looks at leadership from every angle” and calls it “epic” and “magisterial.”  The historian Ron Chernow calls the book “monumental and profoundly important.”  Tom Hanks says, “Once again, Beschloss captures our Presidents in terms both historic and human.”


The Charlotte Observer says, “Michael Beschloss knows more about America’s Presidents than perhaps anyone on earth.”  Beschloss appears regularly on television as the NBC News Presidential Historian and contributor to the PBS NewsHour.  He has also been a contributing columnist to the New York Times.  He has won an Emmy for his television work and received six honorary degrees and numerous other awards.  He has the largest Twitter following of any American historian, in the neighborhood of 400,000.  His Twitter account appears on Time Magazine’s list of the world’s top Twitter feeds.


Born in Chicago, Beschloss is an alumnus of Phillips Academy (Andover) and Williams College, where he studied under James MacGregor Burns, author of what remains the classic book on leadership.  At the Harvard Business School, Beschloss studied leadership in both the private and public sectors. He has served as an historian at the Smithsonian, a scholar at the University of Oxford, and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation.  Among his earlier books are two volumes on Lyndon Johnson’s secret tapes, The Conquerors, about Franklin Roosevelt, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, and Presidential Courage.  He was also co-author (with Caroline Kennedy) of the number-one global bestseller Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations about Life with John F. Kennedy.

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Amy Borrus
Deputy Director, Council of Institutional investors
Amy Borrus plays a major role in developing CII policies on corporate governance and shareholder rights issues and in positioning the organization to achieve its strategic goals. She works closely with the Board of Directors and executive director to craft CII’s strategic plan and execute its mission, has responsibility for developing and planning CII conferences and speaks for CII at investor, corporate, academic and other forums. She leads CII’s efforts to communicate its positions effectively to members, other stakeholders, policymakers and the
media. She also manages CII’s Proxy Voter Group, a forum for senior governance professionals at more than 75 leading institutional investor organizations, and staffs the CII board Audit Committee. CII, founded in 1985, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association of public, union and corporate employee benefit funds and endowments with combined assets that exceed $3 trillion. CII’s has Associate (non-voting) Members include a range of asset managers with more than $20 trillion in assets under management. CII’s mission is to educate its members and the public about effective corporate governance, shareowner rights and related investment issues, and to advocate on its members’ behalf.
Before joining CII in 2006, Amy Borrus was a correspondent for BusinessWeek for 25 years. She researched, wrote and edited stories about business, finance, politics and other issues, from Washington, D.C., London and Tokyo. She earned a B.A. in English and history from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Claritas Investment Certificate from the CFA Institute.
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Tom Byrne
Managing Director, Head of Equity Portfolio Management, Byrne Asset Management

Tom founded Byrne Asset Management in 1998. He serves as the Managing Director and Head of Equity Portfolio Management and brings over 35 years experience in the securities industry to his clients.

The foundation for Byrne Asset Management was created during Tom’s formative years as a securities and commodities lawyer at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in NYC. His investment focus and intense interest in understanding what drives markets took him to Shearson Lehman, Inc., where he advised many large institutional accounts.

In early 1987, Tom published a book on the relationship between stock index futures and the stock market, warning readers that “the stock market may well eventually crash” and that stock index futures “might accelerate it”.  In 1988, he served as a member of the Brady Commission staff that reported to President Reagan on the causes of the 1987 stock market crash.

Tom’s curiosity and passion for achieving superior investment results led him to Commodities Corporation in Princeton, NJ, where he learned to model quantitative investment strategies with a disciplined risk overlay.

Tom served as a member of the New Jersey State Investment Council since 2010 and as its Chairman from 2015 to mid-2018. He served as a member of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission. He is a trustee and the Treasurer of The Fund for New Jersey. He also served two terms as Chairman of the Democratic State Committee in New Jersey, and has also served as a trustee of several other civic organizations.Tom is a graduate of Fordham Law School (1981) and Princeton University (1976) .

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Andrew Cave
Head of Governance & Sustainability, Baillie Gifford

Andrew Cave is Head of Corporate Governance at the Edinburgh-based investment management firm Baillie Gifford. Prior to joining Baillie Gifford in May 2015 Andrew was Chief Sustainability Officer for RBS, where he was responsible for helping to develop RBS’s approach to corporate responsibility in the wake of the financial crisis.

Andrew graduated from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with an MSc in International Development in 2001, after completing an MA in History at the University of Edinburgh. Andrew is a former Chairman of the UK Network of the Global Compact.

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Bob Dannhauser
Head, Global Private Wealth Management, CFA Institute
Robert W. Dannhauser, CFA is head of Private Wealth Management at CFA Institute, based in New York. He is responsible for aligning CFA Institute credentials and member services to the needs of wealth management practitioners in the Americas. Previously, he was global head of Capital Markets Policy at CFA Institute, and also headed the Professional Standards group there. Before joining the CFA Institute staff in 2007, Bob held sales, marketing, and client portfolio management roles with several institutional investment managers. He is a CFA charterholder and has also earned the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. Bob holds a MBA in Finance from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University; a MPH in Health Policy from Rutgers University; and a BA in Political Science from the George Washington University.
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Yves Denizé
Senior Managing Director and Division General Counsel, Nuveen
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Rick Fleming
Investor Advocate, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Rick Fleming was named the SEC’s first Investor Advocate in February 2014.

Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Fleming spent fifteen years as a state securities regulator, including more than a decade as General Counsel for the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner. He moved to Washington, D.C. in 2011 to serve as the Deputy General Counsel for the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), where he advocated for investors and represented the organization of state securities regulators before Congress and federal agencies, including the SEC.

Mr. Fleming received his bachelor’s degree with a dual major in finance and economics from Washburn University and holds a law degree from Wake Forest University.

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Peggy Foran
Chief Governance Officer, SVP and Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial

Ms. Foran is Chief Governance Officer, Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Prudential Financial, Inc. She has been a corporate governance leader throughout her career at Sara Lee Corporation, Pfizer, Inc. and J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc. She is admitted to the New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey (In-house) Bars. Ms. Foran is a Director on the Board of Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Chairperson of its Corporate Governance, Nominating and Social Responsibility Committee . She previously served on the Board of Directors of The MONY Group Inc. and MONY Life Insurance Company. Her many contributions to the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals is evidenced by her leadership roles as former Chairman, former director, former Chair of the Securities Law Committee, and former Treasurer.

Her proactive shareholder outreach and thought leadership on key governance issues has earned her global recognition as a leader in corporate governance. She has been recognized as one of the Most Influential People in Corporate Governance by Directorship Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2011, she was identified by Treasury and Risk Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Finance. In 2013, Corporate Secretary Magazine named Ms. Foran “Governance Professional of the Year”. In 2015, Ms. Foran received the Linda Quinn Lifetime Achievement Award from

Ms. Foran received her B.A., magna cum laude, and J. D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

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Michael Garland
Assistant Comptroller, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, Office of the New York City Comptroller

Michael Garland is Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment for New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.  The Comptroller serves as investment advisor, custodian and a trustee to the New York City Pension Funds, which have more than $190 billion in assets under management and a long history of active ownership on issues of corporate governance and sustainability.

Michael and his team are responsible for developing and implementing the Funds’ active ownership programs for public equities, including voting proxies at approximately 11,000 portfolio companies around the world; engaging portfolio companies on their environmental, social and governance policies and practices; and advocating for regulatory reforms to protect investors and promote sustainable capital markets.  Recent initiatives include spearheading the Boardroom Accountability Project launched in fall 2014, which has helped to establish proxy access as a fundamental right at hundreds of U.S. companies.

Michael serves on the Council of Institutional Investors’ Board of Directors, where he is Public Fund Co-Chair; the Broadridge Independent Steering Committee; and the Grant & Eisenhofer ESG Institute Oversight Board.  He also serves as Comptroller Stringer’s designated representative to the board of directors of CERES, a non-profit that works with investors, companies and capital market influencers to take stronger action on the world’s biggest sustainability challenges.

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Jeff Gramm
Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager, Bandera Partners

Jeff Gramm is co-founder and portfolio manager at the hedge fund Bandera Partners. Gramm, who co-founded the hedge fund with Greg Bylinsky in 2006, also serves as a director on the boards of two companies that Bandera took a large stake: Tandy Leather and Rubicon Technology. He also served on the boards of Peerless, Morgan’s Foods, and the now defunct Ambassadors Group.

He teaches applied value investing at Columbia Business School. Prior to starting Bandera, Gramm was a junior partner at a start-up investment advisor Arklow Capital. He is the author of the 2016 corporate governance book Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism, a book about shareholder activism.

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Elizabeth Greenwood
Commissioner, Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System

Elizabeth L. Greenwood was elected to the Board of Administration of the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System by active LACERS Members in 2009.

Ms. Greenwood is a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles in the Police Litigation Unit.  Previously she worked as a prosecutor for the City Attorney’s Office in the Homeland Security and Gang Units.  Ms Greenwood has served the City since 1996.  Additionally, Ms. Greenwood has taught university courses in Micro and Macro Economics, International Trade Theory, Labor Economics, as well as legal advocacy at law school. 

Ms. Greenwood holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Economics and Political Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills. 

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John Griswold
Senior Consultant, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Also: Founder & Senior Advisor, Commonfund Institute (retired)

As head of Commonfund Institute, John directed investor education and market research activities for Commonfund, a nonprofit investment management company.

John joined Commonfund in 1992. After founding the Commonfund Institute in 1999 he initiated and supervised the Commonfund Benchmarks Studies of the performance of educational endowments, foundations, operating charities, and healthcare institutions, which collectively survey the investment performance and practices of hundreds of nonprofit institutions annually. In addition, he has spoken at numerous nonprofit and investment industry conferences in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada. John retired from Commonfund at the end of 2016.

John has authored articles and book chapters on endowment management, board governance, and the management of investment committees. He has served on many boards and is currently a member of several non-profit boards, including the board of trustees of BoardSource (former Chair), The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Greenwich Roundtable (Chair), Grab the Torch, and The Bigs Project. He is a board member of three for-profit startup firms, Modern Guild, HR Moneyball and Alumni Row.

He is a Senior Consultant with AGB, and is a Member-at-Large of the CFA Institute’s U.S. Advocacy Advisory Committee. He has lectured at the annual Pension Trustee Workshop organized by the Council of Institutional Investors and CFA Institute.

John is a graduate of Yale University and attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.



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Sandra Guerra
Board Member, Vale S.A.

Sandra Guerra has served as a board member and chairperson of boards of directors at listed companies, closed companies or organizations since 1995. With her 23 years' experience in corporate governance, she played a part in introducing the concept and in its application in Brazil as one of the founding members of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC), where for four years she was the chairperson of the organization's board. On two occasions, she was also a member of the board of directors of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). Ever since she completed her Master's degree in Business Administration at FEA-USP (2009), her research has been focused on the highest governance body, the board of directors, which, from the point of view of the behavioral approach, also takes center stage as the theme of her book “A Caixa Preta da Governança” published in 2017 by Best Business. Certified as a Board Director by the IBGC and as a Mediator by the CEDR-Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (UK), Sandra continues to serve as a board member – currently at Vale S.A. and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), based in Amsterdam - and is managing partner at Better Governance, which is a corporate governance consulting firm that focuses on boards of directors.

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Keir Gumbs
Associate General Counsel, Uber Technologies

Keir Gumbs is Associate General Counsel, Global Corporate, M&A and Securities, and Deputy Corporate Secretary at Uber Technologies, Inc. Prior to joining Uber, he was a partner in the corporate and securities practice at Covington & Burling LLP. Keir started his career at the SEC, where he served for six years - first as a staff attorney, later as a Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and finally as counsel to SEC Commissioner Roel Campos.

Keir is recognized as a leading authority on securities regulation and corporate governance who represents a cross-section of constituencies in securities and governance matters, including companies ranging in size from Fortune 50 companies to venture-backed firms, as well as public pension funds, hedge funds, faith-based investors and trade associations.

Honors and Rankings

  •  Most Influential Black Lawyers, Savoy Magazine (2015)
  • Who’s Who Legal, Corporate, M&A and Governance (2015)
  • "D.C. Rising Star”, National Law Journal (2014)  DC Super Lawyers, Securities & Corporate Finance (2014-2015)
  • "Trailblazers Under 40", National Bar Association (2014)
  • America's Leading Business Lawyers, Securities: Regulation: Advisory (2012-2015), Chambers USA
  • “2011 Rising Star of Corporate Governance”, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance
  • Selected as one of the "People to Watch" in the National Association of Corporate Directors 2011 and 2012 “Directorship 100”
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Sharon Hendricks
Vice-Chair, CalSTRS

Sharon Hendricks, a communication studies instructor at Los Angeles City College for the past 15 years, was elected in 2011 to the California State Teachers’ Retirement Board where she currently leads as Vice-Chair.  While on the board, she has advocated for the development of investment beliefs, transparency on investment fees, and managing environmental, social and governance risks like climate change, corporate board diversity and fair labor practices.

Sharon also serves faculty as Treasurer and Retirement Liaison for the 5,000 full and part-time faculty members of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, AFT 1521. She is active in the Community College Council of the California Federation of Teachers and serves on the working group for the Trustee Leadership Forum for Retirement Security at Harvard, the American Federation of Teachers Trustee Council and the California Trustee Network. She recently co-founded Trustees United, a trustee led initiative focused on the investment risk of sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $214.9 billion as of December 31, 2018, is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world.  CalSTRS serves California’s more than 949,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,700 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.

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Karina Litvack
Board Member, Eni S.p.A. and Business for Social Responsibility

Karina serves on a number of boards and advisory bodies in the UK, Italy and the US, following a 25-year career in finance and investment management, where she developed a particular expertise in corporate governance, business ethics and sustainability. She serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Italian oil & gas company Eni SpA, currently on the Control & Risks Committee and the Sustainability & Scenarios Committee, having previously also been a member of the Compensation Committee.  She also serves on the Board Directors of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR); the Senior Advisory Panel of oil & mining sector consultant Critical Resource; the Global Advisory Council of boutique investment bank Cornerstone Capital Inc.; the Advisory Council of private equity firm Bridges Fund Management Ltd.; the Sustainable Development Advisory Panel of software group SAP; and the Transparency International-UK Advisory Council.

Until 2013, Karina ran the Governance and Sustainable Investment activities of UK asset manager F&C Investments*, focusing on equity research, shareholder activism and public policy engagement. 

A dual Canadian and French national, Karina holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York and a BA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto. 

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Jon Lukomnik
Managing Partner, Sinclair Capital
Jon Lukomnik is managing partner of Sinclair Capital L.L.C., a strategic consultancy to corporations, institutional investors and the investment management industry. Mr. Lukomnik has provided risk management, product development, due diligence, fund selection and portfolio construction services to various institutional investors. Clients have included Nikko Asset Management, Legg Mason-included SBLI Mutual Life Insurance Company, and NS Capital. He currently serves on four investment committees. Mr. Lukomnik's corporate governance consultations have included service to various US companies, including Coca-Cola and Pfizer, reviewing Korea Telecom's governance prior to final privatization; representing creditors in the bankruptcy reorganizations of WorldCom/MCI and Adelphia; advising activist investors; and serving as lead consultant for the Financial Market Recovery Project of the World Bank's Global Corporate Governance Forum.

Mr. Lukomnik is also program director for the IRRC Institute, which provides thought leadership at the intersection of corporate responsibility and the informational needs of investors, and as a trustee for the Van Eck mutual fund complex. He has also been a director for various public companies, private companies, not-for-profit corporations and litigation trusts.

A frequent contributor to both academic and practitioner publications, Mr. Lukomnik co-authored the award-winning book, "The New Capitalists: How Citizen Investors Are Reshaping the Corporate Agenda" (Harvard Business School Press, October 2006) and writes a monthly column for Compliance Week. Other notable recent publications include a chapter in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's "Corporate Governance in the Wake of the Financial Crisis" (United Nations 2010). A frequent speaker on investing and corporate governance issues, he has written more than 100 articles. For a partial list, see "Resources."

Mr. Lukomnik co-founded the International Corporate Governance Network, chaired the Executive Committee of the Council of Institutional Investors, co-chaired the Conference Board's Working Group on Hedge Fund Activism, and was the only non-lawyer on the Bar Association of the City of New York's Committee on Corporate Law. He is also a co-founder of GovernanceMetrics International, the global corporate governance rating service, and the inventor of its rating algorhythm...
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Jeff Mahoney
General Counsel, Council of Institutional Investors
Jeffrey P. Mahoney joined the Council of Institutional Investors as general counsel in 2006. His responsibilities include advocating the Council’s membership-approved policies before standard setters, regulators, members of Congress, and other policy makers. Prior to joining the Council, Mahoney was counsel to the chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. From 1996-2006, he advised FASB and its parent entity, the Financial Accounting Foundation, on a variety of research, technical and administrative matters, and was primarily responsible for FASB’s Washington, D.C. liaison activities. Prior to joining FASB, Mahoney was a corporate securities lawyer at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; a law clerk to the Honorable James G. Exum Jr., chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court; and an auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP. Mahoney holds a J.D. degree, served on the North Carolina Law Review, and was named to the Order of the Coif. He also holds a B.B.A. degree and an A.A. degree. Mahoney is a member of the District of Columbia and North Carolina Bar Associations and is admitted and qualified to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also is a certified public accountant in North Carolina and Michigan, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
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Aeisha Mastagni
Portfolio Manager, CalSTRS
Aeisha Mastagni is an Investment Officer III within the Corporate Governance Unit of the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), the nation's largest teacher retirement fund. Aeisha is responsible for working with a dedicated governance team to further CalSTRS' mission to secure the financial future and sustain the trust ofCalifornia's educators.
Aeisha's main areas of focus are the corporate engagement program, executive compensation, and selecting and monitoring managers in the activist manager portfolio. Aeisha is part of the team that actively engages public corporations to add-value and mitigate risk by striving to institute the best governance practices at companies within the CalSTRS portfolio. Aeisha is often asked to speak at conferences to communicate CalSTRS position as an institutional investor on a variety of topics, including executive compensation, audit and accounting issues, and engagement with portfolio companies. In addition, Aeisha communicates with regulatory authorities and lawmakers, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, on rule-making or legislation that make affect CalSTRS as an investor.
Before joining CalSTRS, Aeisha worked in the Corporate Governance Unit of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) for six years overseeing the proxy voting program and the corporate governance manager portfolio. Prior to CalPERS, she worked in the Operations Department of Salomon Smith Barney before moving to Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor and Assistant Operations Manager. Aeisha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the California State University, Sacramento, and has successfully completed level I of the CFA Program.
In 2012, Aeisha joined the Board of Directors at the Golden 1 Credit Union, the seventh largest credit union in the U.S. with more than $7 billion in assets and over 6000,000 members. Most recently, Aeisha was named one of the "40 Under 40, Freshest Talent at the World's Largest Asset Owners" by aiCIO Magazine.
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Hiro Mizuno
Executive Managing Director and CIO, Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan

Mr. Hiro Mizuno has served as Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Japan’s US$1.4trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) since January 2015.

Prior to joining GPIF, he was a partner of Coller Capital, a London-based private equity firm. He previously worked at Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. in Japan, Silicon Valley and New York.

Mr. Mizuno is a member of the Board and Asset Owner Advisory Committee of PRI, a co-chair of the Milken Institute’s Global Capital Markets Advisory Council.

He is also an executive adviser to Japanese cabinet on Healthcare and Medical Growth Strategy, a member of Japanese Government Strategic Funds Integrated Advisory Board, a member for Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan National University Evaluation Committee.

His engagements in academics involve: an advisor, Office of the President of the University of Tokyo, a guest professor of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, an adviser to the Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, and a guest professor of Kindai University Global Economic Research Center, a senior fellow of Tel Aviv University Graduate School of Management and a member of the International Executive Committee for the Einstein Legacy Project at Hebrew University.

Mr. Mizuno has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University

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Simiso Nzima
Investment Director-Global Equity, Head of Corporate Governance, California Public Employees' Retirement System

Simiso Nzima is Investment Director and Head of Corporate Governance at CalPERS.

After spending 12+ years building and managing global equity portfolios, Simiso is now responsible for integrating corporate governance functions, including proxy voting, corporate engagement, and shareholder campaigns, into the investment and portfolio management perspective and process.

Simiso and his team are responsible for the constructive and confidential engagements with Executives and Board of Directors of CalPERS’ global equity portfolio companies to encourage them to incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations – risks and opportunities – in their strategy development and capital allocation frameworks in-order to generate long-term sustainable value for shareowners.

Prior to his current role, Simiso spent 8+ years managing all aspects of portfolio construction and implementation of the CalPERS internally managed emerging markets equity book of $8B+ across all capitalizations using index-oriented and alternative beta strategies. During this period, he also managed $10B+ of global equity synthetic exposure. Prior to 2008, Simiso worked for 3 years as an Investment Officer in the CalPERS Global Governance group. Prior to coming to the United States in 2003, Simiso spent 3+ years working in Zimbabwe as a Portfolio Manager and as a fundamental equity Research Analyst.

Simiso is also a member of the Global Equity Leadership team, Governance and Sustainability Subcommittee (GSS) of the CalPERS Investment Office’s Investment Strategy Group (ISG), and Lead of the Proxy Voting Working Group (PVWG) of GSS.

Simiso earned an MBA at the University of California at Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) honors degree from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe, and the CFA designation.

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Julie Ann Overcash
Vice President of Human Resources, Director of Global Rewards and Talent Retention, Intel Corporation

Julie Ann Overcash is vice president of Human Resources (HR) and the director of Global Rewards and Talent Retention at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for designing innovative compensation, benefit, and talent retention practices, and for overseeing enterprise performance solutions and total rewards programs, including salary, bonus, stock, healthcare and retirement programs for Intel employees worldwide.

An accomplished HR professional, Overcash joined Intel in 2017 with two decades of experience spanning multinational businesses, including board engagement, executive compensation and global total rewards. Most recently, she was a senior vice president at Starbucks Corp., where she led the company’s global talent development, inclusion and diversity, and compensation and benefits programs for more than 300,000 employees. Before joining Starbucks in 2015, Overcash spent 12 years with Honeywell International Inc., culminating in her role as vice president of global compensation and benefits for the company’s aerospace and transportation systems organization. Earlier in her tenure at Honeywell, she served as executive director of compensation and benefits for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, which encompassed multiple business groups across 46 countries. Her HR career also includes various leadership roles at Advanced Micro Devices Inc., TDS Telecom, Motorola Inc. and MicroAge Inc.

Overcash holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Texas State University, and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of The Conference Board Inc., an international business and research organization, and active in the organization’s Executive Compensation Group. She is also a member of the National Business Group on Health.

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Hester Peirce
Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Comission

Hester M. Peirce was appointed by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was sworn in on January 11, 2018.

Prior to joining the Commission, Commissioner Peirce served as Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Financial Markets Working Group (now Program on Financial Regulation) at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. While at the Mercatus Center, Commissioner Peirce’s research explored how financial markets foster economic growth and prosperity and the role well-designed regulation plays in protecting investors and consumers while promoting financial stability and innovation. Commissioner Peirce co-edited two books, authored publications, testified before Congress, and served on the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee.

Before joining the Mercatus Center, Commissioner Peirce worked on Senator Richard Shelby’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs staff as Senior Counsel. In that position, she oversaw financial regulatory reform efforts following the 2008 financial crisis and conducted oversight of the regulatory implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act.

From 2004 to 2008, Commissioner Peirce worked as counsel to SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins. Prior to serving Commissioner Atkins, Commissioner Peirce worked as a Staff Attorney in the Division of Investment Management.

Before working at the SEC, Commissioner Peirce was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) and clerked for Judge Roger Andewelt on the Court of Federal Claims.

Commissioner Peirce earned her B.A. in Economics from Case Western Reserve University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

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Don Pontes, Jr.
Investment Director, California Public Employees Retirement System

I have spent over 20 years as an investment professional with a wide breadth of financial experience, focused primarily on global capital markets. My responsibilities have covered portfolio management, cash and derivatives trading, research, regulation and market structure. The majority of my career has been in leadership and management positions, where I have developed my skills in both team building and collaborating across diverse groups and functions.

I also have substantial interest in running and fitness and have spent several years coaching at both the public school level and privately.

Specialties: Global equity markets, allocation/strategy, cash and derivatives trading, portfolio management, market regulation, market structure, team building, leadership and management.

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Christine Poon
Chair of the Compensation Committee, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Christine A. Poon has been a director of the company since 2010. Ms. Poon is a Professor in the Department of Management and Human Resources at The Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, where she served as Dean and the John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining Fisher, Ms. Poon spent 30 years in the healthcare industry, most recently as vice chairman and worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson, where she served on the company's Board of Directors and Executive Committee and was responsible for managing the pharmaceutical businesses of the company. Her areas of expertise include domestic and international business operations and sales and marketing. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, she spent 15 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Ms. Poon is on the Board of Directors of Prudential Financial, Inc. and the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips Electronics. She was named Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association in 2004, and named Business Leader of the Future by CNBC/Wall Street Journal in 2005.
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John Ramsay
Chief Market Policy Officer, IEX Group

John is responsible for developing and communicating IEX’s positions on market policy issues, and engaging with governmental and regulatory authorities and certain IEX stakeholders on those issues. He also acts as IEX’s representative on governing committees with responsibility for various aspects of the national market system, including the securities information processors, the consolidated audit trail, and the Limit Up/Limit Down Plan.

John joined IEX in 2014 from the SEC, where he led the Division of Trading and Markets, the group responsible for regulating broker-dealers and self-regulatory organizations. Previously, he led SEC efforts to implement significant elements of the Dodd-Frank Act. Before the SEC, he held senior positions at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA), the law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and Citigroup Global Markets.

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Tobias Read
Oregon State Treasurer, Oregon State Treasury
Tobias Read was elected to serve as Oregon’s 29th State Treasurer in November 2016. He ran for office because Oregon is facing challenges that cannot be solved by money alone, and our state needs a solid financial plan for a stronger future. As Treasurer, Tobias is focused on making Oregon a good financial partner to families, and providing the tools they need to get ahead.

From 2006 to 2016, Tobias was elected to serve the 27th district as State Representative. While in office, he sponsored and successfully passed legislation to create OregonSaves, a first-of-its-kind retirement savings plan that gives everyone the ability to save for the future and retire with security and dignity, even if their employer does not provide options. As Treasurer, he has overseen the implementation of the plan, which successfully enrolled over 50,000 people in the first 18 months. In 2019, Tobias and the Oregon Treasury will begin a partnership program to help develop and implement similar plans in other states.

Tobias also worked in the legislature to fund full-day kindergarten to give all kids a jump start on their education; support green tech jobs and research; stabilize state funding to reduce the need for harsh cuts and tax increases; and fix a loophole in state law to ensure unclaimed funds from class action lawsuits are redirected to nonprofit charities, rather than back to the original corporate wrongdoers.

During his time in the Oregon House, Tobias served as House Majority Whip, and in 2015 he was elected Speaker Pro Tempore. He served as chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development and the House Committee on Higher Education, Innovation, and Workforce Development. He also served on the House Revenue Committee and the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, the primary budget writing body for the Legislature.

Tobias’ experience stems from his time working under U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, where he oversaw briefings for the Secretary. He also worked as a liaison between designers, engineers and manufacturing units for Nike Inc.

Tobias earned his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and his MBA from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He has been a volunteer for Start Making a Reader Today (SMART), a youth sports coach, a member of the Willamette University Athletic Director's Advisory Board, and a founding board member of Hoopla...
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Darian Rich
Human Resources Executive, Barrick Gold Corporation

Darian Rich joined Barrick in 2012 to lead Global Human Resources.

Darian has more than 30 years of diversified experience in human resources management. He was previously Vice President, Human Resources, for Albemarle Corporation, and held several positions in the U.S. and Asia during his 12 years with The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to that he held senior roles with Magma Copper and General Motors Corporation.

Mr. Rich is a graduate of the Labor and Human Relations program at Ohio State University and earned a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. He holds several professional certifications, including Certified Compensation Professional, Certified Benefit Professional and Global Remuneration Professional from the American Compensation Association.

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TerriJo Saarela
Corporate Governance Director, State of Wisconsin Investment Board

TerriJo Saarela is Corporate Governance Director for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB). SWIB is responsible for investing more than $105 billion in assets for more than 578,000 Wisconsin Retirement System participants. The WRS is the ninth largest public pension fund in the United States and the 30th largest public or private pension fund in the world.

Ms. Saarela is responsible for the corporate governance program at SWIB where the majority of assets are internally managed. She directs the development and implementation of governance polices, actively engages company management and boards of directors, co-manages the activist portfolio, identifies governance risk in SWIB portfolio companies, oversees the voting of domestic and international proxies, and monitors securities class action litigation.  Ms. Saarela serves on the Council of Institutional Investors board of directors and co-chairs of the International Committee, the Shareholder Responsibilities Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network, the Advisory Board for Institutional Shareholder Services, the Institutional Investors Committee at Broadridge and routinely works with various industry forums/working groups.

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Bonnie Saynay
Global Head of Responsible Investment, Invesco
Bonnie Saynay is Global Head of Responsible Investment for Invesco. In this role, she oversees
responsible investment (RI)/environmental, social and governance (ESG)/investment
stewardship practices, proxy voting, and governance across Invesco, including RI strategy,
policy, investor/issuer engagement and ESG thought leadership. Ms. Saynay leads a team of
eight other ESG and governance analysts located across three regions.
Ms. Saynay engages with external stakeholders through institutional and retail client
engagement, industry events, interviews, collaborations, panels and speaking engagements.
She engages with internal stakeholders through executive team updates, funds’ board updates,
and by partnering with global investment teams across listed equity, fixed income and
alternatives investments.
Additionally, Ms. Saynay supports industry advocacy around responsible investment. Ms.
Saynay serves on the Principles for Responsible Investment's Advisory Committee for ESG
Engagements and Sustainable Development Goals Working Group, the advisory board of the
Deep Data Delivery Standards, and the Investment Company Institute's Global ESG Task Force.
Ms. Saynay also chairs the Invesco Global Proxy Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the
Corporate Responsibility Committee, which oversees Invesco’s investment and corporate
stewardship activities globally.
Ms. Saynay has more than 20 years of experience in process improvement consulting and
program management in both the public and private sectors. She earned a bachelor’s degree
from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a master’s degree from Wayne State
University in Detroit.
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Kurt Schacht
Managing Director, CFA Institute
Schacht is Managing Director for CFA Institute’s advocacy group. He has overseen CFA Institute policy research, standards and government relations area, with offices in London, Brussels, New York and Hong Kong. During his tenure he has been responsible for the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®), and the CFA Institute Asset Manager Code and one of its flagship publications, the Financial Analysts Journal.

Prior to joining CFA Institute, he served as chief operating officer for a mutual fund complex, general counsel and coo for a Manhattan based hedge fund, and as deputy director/chief legal officer for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB). He is an industry practice expert on investment management, corporate governance and financial service industry regulation, including Investment Company Act and Investment Advisers Act rules and practice.

Mr. Schacht is currently serving as a Trustee on the IFRS Foundation which oversees the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). He is a member of the European Commission's Expert Group on Corporate Bond Market Liquidity based in Brussels. His term recently expired as Chairman of the Investor Advisory Committee for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), created by the Dodd-Frank Act. He also serves on the Harvard Corporate Governance Forum Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees for the Greenwich Roundtable and the Advisory Board of the Columbia Law School’s Millstein Center for Global Markets. He previously served on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Standing Advisory Group and the SEC’s Advisory Committee for Smaller Public Companies looking at the market impacts of Sarbanes Oxley and the Expert Group for Principles for Responsible Investment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He is a member of the CFA Society New York and was voted their 2004 Volunteer of the Year.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation since 1998.
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Elisabeth Seep
Executive Director, MSCI Inc.

Elisabeth Seep is an Executive Director within MSCI ESG Research, based in New York.  Elisabeth joined MSCI in 2018 and leads fixed income product development within the ESG team.

Elisabeth previously held positions in investment banking and credit research since 2001.  In her last role at BNP Paribas, she trained fundamental credit analysts on ESG risks and opportunities, provided ESG thought-leadership, created the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility team within North America, and contributed to the growth of the green bond and social impact bond markets.

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Anne Sheehan
Chair, SEC Investor Advisory Committee
Ms. Sheehan is currently the Chair of the SEC Investor Advisory Committee, having served on the Committee since its inception in 2012.  In addition, she serves as a Senior Advisor to PJT Camberview,  and is a member of the Wells Fargo Stakeholder Advisory Council. Prior to her retirement in 2018,  Sheehan served as the former Director of Corporate Governance for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the largest educator-only public pension fund in the world, where she was responsible for overseeing all corporate governance activities for the fund including proxy voting, company engagements and managing over $4 billion placed with activists managers.  Prior to CalSTRS, she served as Chief Deputy Director for Policy at the California Department of Finance. During her tenure at Finance, Ms. Sheehan served on both the CalSTRS and CalPERS Boards as well as serving as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Post-Employment Benefits Commission.  Ms. Sheehan served as the Chair of the Council of Institutional Investors for two years, as well as having served two terms on the NASDAQ Listing Council. Ms. Sheehan is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware and served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the 30 Percent Coalition. Ms. Sheehan was named one of the 100 most influential people on corporate governance by Directorship magazine for the past nine years.
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Brendan Sheehan
VP-Senior Analyst, ESG, Moody's Investors Service
Mr. Brendan Michael Sheehan is a Vice President and Senior Analyst at Moody's Corporation, Research Division. Mr. Sheehan was a Principal at Global Governance Advisors Inc. He served as an Editorial Director of National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Sheehan oversaw production and editorial content for firms bimonthly magazine, directorship, and the news website. He was a part of the firms research and development team and added his experience and expertise across all of firms multimedia content platforms. Mr. Sheehan was a leading expert in governance, risk management and compliance. He specialized in governance, risk and compliance issues. In addition to his new responsibilities at the firm, Mr. Sheehan maintained his position teaching corporate governance at New York University, where he also worked to create an ethics and governance course for nonprofit organizations. Mr. Sheehan has also worked as a Senior Analyst at BoardEx, where he was responsible for analyzing and reporting on corporate governance and board dynamics with the United Kingdom, the United States and international companies. Mr. Sheehan was an investment banker at a leading firm where he specialized in high-yield bonds and asset-backed securities. Mr. Sheehan served as an Executive Editor of Corporate Secretary Magazine at Cross Border Limited. In 2010, Stanford University recognized his achievements by voting him one of the top 15 business journalists in the United States and awarding him a Stanford Media Fellowship. He also created an ethics and compliance course at New York University where Mr. Sheehan served as Adjunct Professor.
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Mark Smith
CEO and Co-Founder, Symbiont
Mark Shelby Smith is CEO and Co-Founder of, Inc. Symbiont is the merger of MathMoney f(x) which was founded by Mr. Smith in September of 2013 and the founding team of Bitcoin 2.0 project As CEO Mark brings two decades of global experience in FinTech. He is a pioneer in creating and deploying disruptive technology to the foreign exchange ecosystem for both institutional and non-institutional customer segments. During his career Mark has been a founder of 4 FinTech companies that have gone from start-up to exit including The NexTrade ECN, MatchBook FX, Lava Trading, and Anderen Bank of Tampa Bay.
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Margriet Stavast-Groothuis
Senior Advisor, Responsible Investment, PGGM Investments
Margriet is Senior Advisor Responsible Investment at PGGM and responsible for engagement with companies on corporate governance in Europe and North-America. She communicates with companies, investors, and other market participants in striving for best practice in those markets, for example on executive compensation. Margriet also leads the Responsible Investment team’s work on improving diversity on corporate boards and for developing PGGM’s global voting policy. She sits on Eumedion’s Investment Committee, the Corporate Governance Advisory Council of the Council of Institutional Investors and the Advisory Council of the Harvard Law School Institutional Investor Forum. Margriet also sits on the Investor Stewardship Group Framework’s Steering Committee which oversees developments of the ISG Framework for US companies and investors. Margriet joined PGGM in 2016 from the Dutch Central Bank where she worked as a governance specialist. She was an expert on board evaluations, board independence and carried out suitability assessments of directors. Prior to that, she was a corporate governance researcher for the Dutch Monitoring Committee on the Dutch Corporate Governance Code.  For this Committee, she conducted research on stewardship and institutional investors. Margriet has a Master’s degree in both Anthropology and Business Studies. In addition, she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Finance.
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Tracy Stewart
Senior Corporate Governance Analyst, Florida State Board of Administration
In 2014, Tracy Stewart rejoined the corporate governance team at Florida SBA, the fourth largest public pension fund in the U.S., where her responsibilities include developing corporate governance policy and research, as well as conducting company engagements and proxy voting for the SBA’s $180 billion in assets under management. She had previously performed similar duties for Florida SBA from 2005 to 2010. Ms. Stewart served as a visiting assistant professor in finance at Florida State University from 2011 to 2013. From 2010 to 2011, Ms. Stewart served as executive director of the Shareowner Education Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation devoted to promoting greater exercise of investor rights and responsibilities. From 1997 to 2000, she was a chemical engineer in the petroleum cracking catalysts division of Engelhard Corporation (which later merged with BASF). Ms. Stewart received a Master in Business Administration degree and completed three years of graduate coursework in the finance doctoral program at Florida State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Florida State University. She has held a number of roles as board member for organizations that advocate for people with disabilities and autism. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband, Brian, and three sons.
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Nandini Sukumar
CEO, The World Federation of Exchanges

Nandini Sukumar is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Federation of Exchanges, the global association for exchanges and CCPs. The WFE represents more than 250 exchanges and clearinghouses globally, educating stakeholders on the vital role played by market infrastructures in the real economy and as a standard setter, finding the consensus on issues among the global membership. WFE exchanges are home to nearly 45,000 listed companies, the market capitalization of these entities is over $82.5 trillion and around $81.8 trillion in trading annually passes through the infrastructures that the WFE members safeguard. Ms. Sukumar is Vice Chair of IOSCO’s Affiliate Members Consultative Committee and Chair of the AMCC’s DLT Workstream.


Ms. Sukumar has been CEO of the WFE since March 2015. Prior to this, she served as Acting Chief Executive Officer from November 2014, having been recruited by the WFE Board as Chief Administrative Officer in May 2014 to run the Federation on a daily basis and work with its global network of members as a proponent of the benefits of fair, orderly, public markets. Ms. Sukumar came to the WFE after a 14-year career at Bloomberg where she created, grew and ran their coverage of market structure, exchanges and UK regulation.

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Gabrielle Sulzberger
Board Member, Mastercard and Acorns

Sulzberger has served as general partner and investment manager of the private equity fund Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners LP since its founding in 2005. Sulzberger has also served as chief financial officer of several privately-owned companies, most recently Crown Services in San Jose, California.

She currently serves on the board of Brixmor Property Group, where she chairs the governance committee. Sulzberger was chair of the Whole Foods Market, Inc. board of directors prior to the company’s 2017 acquisition by Amazon. Previously, she served on the boards of Stage Stores, IndyMac Bank, Bright Horizons Family Solutions and Teva Pharmaceuticals. In 2014, NACD Directorship Magazine named Sulzberger one of the 100 most influential people in the boardroom community.

Sulzberger is a trustee of the Ford Foundation, serves on the board of the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation, is a member of the Trinity Church Wall Street and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

She received a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Princeton University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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John Trentacoste
Partner and COO, Farient Advisors

John is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer. He works closely with client management teams and Compensation Committees to develop cutting-edge compensation and governance strategies that support organizational strategy and drive long-term value creation. John’s clients include large, publicly traded companies, privately held enterprises, and sponsor-backed organizations. In addition, he is responsible for leading our internal talent development, financial planning and analysis, and recruiting functions, as well as driving execution of market-facing programs. A sought-after speaker, John has been a featured speaker at several National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) programs and WorldatWork. He has been quoted extensively by Agenda Week, Bloomberg, Compliance Week, and The Washington Post, among others. He was recognized by NACD’s Directorship 100 in 2018.


Prior to joining Farient, John worked as a consultant at Lyons, Benenson & Company (LB&Co.), where he was responsible for the development of client analyses and reports and creating incentive compensation plan components that clearly linked pay and performance. John was also a member of LB&Co.’s Special Situations Team, providing advice and counsel to the portfolio companies of various private equity firms and hedge funds. He also has capital markets experience through his work in the sales and trading division of Citigroup Global Markets and Banking, where he held FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.


John holds a BA from Cornell University and completed a post-baccalaureate business program at Columbia University.


John is known as a great collaborator, working closely with management, the compensation committee, and other stakeholders. He is recognized for deep experience across multiple industries, including insurance, financial services, manufacturing, and private equity. He is highly regarded for creative and actionable solutions in compensation, governance, incentive plan design, and shareholder communications.

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Susannah Vickers
Trustee, New York City Comptroller's Office

Susannah Vickers is the Assistant Comptroller for Pensions in the Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

Ms. Vickers is the Comptroller’s Designated Trustee to the NYC Retirement Systems and Deferred Compensation Board (DCP). She joined the Comptroller’s Office in 2014, and is responsible for all aspects of the Bureau of Asset Management’s interactions with the five NYC Retirement Systems. Ms. Vickers oversees the unit that produces and distributes trustee and external communications, and advises on investment meeting agendas and the development of trustee education presentations. As a board trustee, she also evaluates and votes on investment recommendations and other matters before the boards.

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Glenn Welling
Chief Investment Officer, Engaged Capital

Glenn is the founder and CIO of Engaged Capital, a constructive activist fund that invests in small and mid-cap public companies. Previously, Glenn was a Principal and Managing Director at Relational Investors, a $6B activist fund. He was responsible for managing the fund’s consumer, healthcare and utility investments and was involved in all aspects of Relational’s research process.

Prior to Relational, Glenn spent 7 years as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and Head of the Investment Banking Department’s Advisory Business. He built his group into one of the leading commercially focused advisory businesses on Wall Street advising on over $100B of transactions. Glenn joined Credit Suisse when the Firm acquired HOLT Value Associates, where he was a Partner and Managing Director. Prior to HOLT, Glenn was the Managing Director of Valuad U.S., a financial software and advisory business. Prior to Valuad U.S., he worked at leading consulting firms including A.T. Kearney and Marakon Associates.

Glenn is a member of the Board of Directors of TiVo Corporation, a NASDAQ listed provider of digital entertainment technology solutions where he is the compensation committee chair and a member of the strategy committee and the corporate governance and nominating committee, and The Hain Celestial Group, a NASDAQ listed leading marketer, manufacturer and seller of organic and natural better-for-you-products where he is a member of the compensation committee and Strategic Working Group. From 2015 to 2018 he served on the Board of Medifast, Inc., a NYSE listed manufacturer of medically based, proprietary healthy living and meal replacement products where he was a member of the audit, compensation, and mergers and acquisitions committees. From January 2015 to August 2018 he served on the Board of Jamba, Inc., a NASDAQ listed leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you food and beverage offerings where he was the compensation committee chair and a member of the finance committee. He also serves on the Corporate Governance Advisory Council of the Council of Institutional Investors. Glenn also teaches executive education courses at the Wharton School of Business, his alma mater. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the university’s tennis program and as a member of the Wharton Executive Education Board.

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Tony West
Chief Legal Officer, Uber Technologies
Tony West is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Uber, where he leads a global team of more than 500 in the company’s Legal, Compliance and Ethics, and Security functions.

Previously, Tony was Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs of PepsiCo, a Fortune 50 corporation with net revenues of more than $63 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands like Gatorade, Tropicana and Frito-Lay.

West has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining PepsiCo, West was twice confirmed by the Senate to serve as a senior official in the Obama Administration. From 2012 to 2014, West was the Associate Attorney General of the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice’s third-­‐ranking official, where he supervised many of the Department’s divisions, including the Civil Rights, Antitrust, Tax, Environment and Natural Resources, and Civil Divisions, as well as the Office of Justice Programs, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Community Oriented Policing Services Office. As Associate Attorney General, West pursued several financial institutions for their roles in precipitating the 2009 financial crisis, securing nearly $37 billion in fines and restitution for Americans who were harmed.

From 2009 to 2012, West was the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, the largest litigating division of the Justice Department. As Assistant Attorney General, West led the Justice Department's review of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), advocating strongly and successfully that the Department abandon its long-­‐standing defense of the statute because the law was unconstitutional.

When West left the Obama Administration in 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder presented him with the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the Department of Justice's highest honor.

Earlier in his career, West was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California, where he prosecuted a variety of federal crimes. He also served as Special Assistant Attorney General at the California Department of Justice and was a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco.

West graduated with honors from Harvard College, where he served as publisher of the Harvard Political Review...
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Ash Williams
CII Board Chair and Executive Director & CIO, Florida SBA
Ashbel C. “Ash” Williams is the Executive Director & Chief Investment Officer of the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA), one of the nation’s leading public investment institutions. The SBA manages assets under broad investment authority granted by the Board’s Trustees. The Trustees are Florida’s Governor, Chief Financial Officer, and Attorney General. Among the assets managed by the SBA are those of the Florida Retirement System (FRS) Trust Fund; with assets of over $113 billion at 2009 year-end, the FRS is the fourth largest public pension fund in the United States. Prior to joining the SBA, Mr. Williams was a Managing Director at Fir Tree Partners and previously was President and CEO of Schroder Capital Management, both headquartered in New York City. He has extensive experience with both the SBA and Florida government, having previously served as Executive Director of the SBA from 1991 to 1996 and in senior management positions in Florida’s executive and legislative branches. Mr. Williams holds both BS and MBA degrees from The Florida State University College of Business and completed post graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Williams serves as a trustee of the Florida State University Foundation, an advisory board member of the Robert Toigo Foundation, a leadership council member of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and is an Episcopal lay minister. He and his wife, Jan, have three children and reside in Tallahassee.
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Sarah Williamson

Sarah Williamson is the Chief Executive Officer of FCLTGlobal, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging long-term behaviors in business and investment decision-making. FCLTGlobal conducts research, convenes business leaders, develops actionable tools and generates broad awareness of ways in which a longer-term focus can increase innovation, economic growth and future savings.

Prior to assuming her current role in July 2016, Williamson spent over 21 years at Wellington Management Company LLP, where she was most recently a Partner and Director of Alternative Investments.  Over that time period, Williamson led the development of alternative investments and client solutions, was the Chair of the Wellington Trust Company, opened the San Francisco office, and served in numerous firm leadership roles globally.

Prior to joining Wellington, Williamson spent over five years with McKinsey & Company Inc. (1989 – 1994). She was also employed by the US Department of State (1986 – 1987) and was a mergers & acquisitions investment banker in New York and London for Goldman, Sachs & Co. (1984 – 1986).

She earned her MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School (1989) and her BA in economics, with honors, from Williams College (1984). She sits on the Board of Directors of Evercore, Inc. Additionally, she holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations. She is a US citizen and is married with three grown children.

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Timothy Youmans
Director, Hermes EOS
Tim Youmans is a director at Hermes EOS and leads its North America efforts. Previously he was research director for the Strategic Investor Initiative at CECP – The CEO Force for Good. Tim has been a research scholar at Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School’s Family Office Program. He continues to work closely with Oxford Said Business School professor Robert G Eccles. Their research on Materiality in Corporate Governance: The Statement of Significant Audiences and Materiality and on other topics has, among many other publications, featured in the MIT Sloan Management Review, Forbes, the Economist, the Financial Times, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, the Guardian and the American Bar Association. Tim has a Masters in Public Administration, is a Lucius N Littauer Fellow from the Harvard Kennedy School and a research fellow of the British Academy’s Future Corporation Initiative. He spent 25 years in business running his own consulting firms, as executive vice president of a venture-funded start-up and running a large family office. He received an MBA from the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Coast Guard Academy. He was retired from the Coast Guard after serving both afloat and ashore in Alaska, Washington DC and Maine, and is a service-disabled military veteran.
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Jennifer Peet
Corporate Governance Director, Oregon State Treasury