The strong U.S. equity market in 2016 rewarded many public pension funds with an uptick in annual returns compared with previous years. However, achieving long-term return goals remains a major challenge for pension investors. This list highlights 30 pension chief investment officers whose portfolios outperformed peers in 2016. They are also front-runners in the public pension world by three-year and five-year measures. Read on to learn about their industry-leading investment strategies and career stories.