Arizona State Retirement System Using Tech To 'Slice-And-Dice' Investment Opportunities | Eric Glass, Senior Portfolio Manager | Q&A
Eric Glass is a senior portfolio manager at the Arizona State Retirement System, where he oversees the private market portfolio. In this interview, he shares the reasons behind ASRS' success in the last decade, why they are less bureaucratic than their pension peers, and how the investment office is using cutting edge tools to analyze investment opportunities.
James Clarke joined the KU Endowment in December 2015 where he leads investments on behalf of the oldest foundation for a public university in the United States. In this interview, he discusses what makes KU Endowment an incredible long-term and stable partner with its 128-year history; the wealth of experience he absorbed at the Kauffman Foundation; and the idiosyncratic opportunities that the KU investment office is eyeing.
Inside West Virginia Investment Management Board's 'Disciplined' Investment Office | James Herrington, PE Investment Officer | Q&A
James Herrington is a private and public equity investment officer at the West Virginia Investment Management Board (WVIMB), which he joined in 2008. In this interview, he discusses juggling both his roles at WVIMB and at his advisory firm; the WVIMB's very disciplined investment approach; and how they've been tackling the underfunded problem.
Inside Pennsylvania PSERS' Successful Private Markets Program | Darren Foreman, Senior Portfolio Manager | Q&A
Darren Foreman is the senior portfolio manager of private markets and co-investments at the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS). In this interview, he discusses PSERS' successful in-house private equity co-investment program, why he has a preference for GPs with exposure to multiple countries in their investment strategy, and the benefits of having a tenured private markets team
Pensions Focusing On A 'More Direct Method Of Investing' | City Of San Jose | Brian Starr, Head Of Private Markets | Q&A
Brian Starr joined the City of San Jose Retirement Services in June 2014. He serves as head of private markets after several years managing global fixed income and private debt. In this interview, he discusses the cost-effectiveness of managing direct investment programs, the competitive advantages that the City of San Jose is finding in venture and why he believes the LP community should stick together.
Elin Szymanowski is a private equity investment officer at the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA), which manages the $55 billion retirement fund for the County of Los Angeles and outside Districts. In this interview, she discusses how LACERA's dynamic work environment attracts and retains top investment talent; why she's keeping a close eye on the infrastructure and healthcare sectors; and how she contributes to the industry's efforts in improving diversity.
Prabhu Palani is the CIO of the City of San Jose's Retirement System, one of the 10 largest cities in the U.S., where he manages a $6 billion multi-asset class portfolio for two distinct plans. In this interview, he discusses his successful experiences working with some of the largest institutional buy-side firms, why the City of San Jose takes on an endowment-like approach with exposure to private asset classes and how he plans on leveraging the proximity to Silicon Valley to generate healthy returns.
Florida SBA's Governance Structure 'Is Really Motivating,' Says Wes Bradle, Senior Portfolio Manager | Q&A
Wes Bradle is a senior portfolio manager in private equity at the Florida State Board of Administration (FSBA), where he currently monitors 18 private equity firms and 36 funds that represent more than $4 billion in committed capital. In this interview, he discusses his greatest lessons learned at CalPERS and how he's leveraged that at Florida SBA; why healthy governance doesn't always mean more governance; and his hopes for a more balanced tone towards public pensions in the near future.
Teacher Retirement System of Texas On Being 'A Top-Performing Institutional Investor' | Will Carpenter, Senior Portfolio Manager | Q&A
Will Carpenter is a senior portfolio manager for private equity principal investments with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, where he leads deal teams in investment due diligence, valuation and ongoing portfolio management for private equity co-investments. In this interview, he discusses his experience moving back to Texas to serve that constituency after spending years in New York City, the positive impact that veteran investor Britt Harris had on TRS and the organization's next steps in being a top-performing institutional investor.
The Family Office Bullish On Asia, Its 'Wave Of Investment Opportunities' | Sasha Bernier, SVP, Cheltenham Investments | Q&A
Sasha Bernier is the senior vice president and investment committee member of Cheltenham Investments, a single-family office seeking to invest opportunistically in real estate. In this interview, he discusses why he thinks blockchain will have a major impact on real estate investing; why he encourages investors to study Asia and its tidal wave of investment opportunities; and how his academic background in law informs his approach to the markets.