Ronald Schmitz is the chief investment officer at Virginia Retirement System since 2011, where he oversees $51 billion of assets under management. Prior to this, he served as the chief investment officer at Oregon State Treasury for eight years. Schmitz began his career with Kraft Foods Inc., before gaining pension management experience at Sears, Roebuck & Co. He has also served as the director of investments for Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association. Schmitz has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Western Illinois University and an MBA from Northwestern University.