Gordon J. Fyfe (Chair)
Christopher J. Ailman
Christopher J. Ailman is the Chief Investment Officer of the $120 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), the second-largest pension fund in the nation. As CIO, Mr. Ailman leads a team of seven directors, and an investment staff of 96, which manage the following divisions: Private Equity, Global Equities, Corporate Governance, Fixed Income, Real Estate, Operations and Innovation / Risk. He joined CalSTRS in the fall of 2000. He has over 23 years of institutional investment management experience.
He currently serves on several boards and advisory boards in the U.S. and U.K. He is a Governor of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), a U.K. non-profit promoting shareholder rights across the globe. He is also on the board and was the past chairman for the Pacific Pension Institute, an educational institute for the study of Pacific Rim institutional investments. He currently represents institutional investors on the Russell Index Client Advisory Board and the MSCI Barra Index Editorial Advisory Board. Mr. Ailman is also the first pension plan member of the New America Alliance, a Latino business initiative. For the past ten years he has served as advisor to the Institute for Fiduciary Education (IFE) Market Makers annual investment conference.
In 2000, he received the CIO of the Year – IFE Leadership Award by IFE. In 2003, his state CIO peers awarded him the Richard Stoddard Award for service in the investment of public pensions. In 2006, he was honored to be the first Anglo to receive the Distinguished Service Award for the Advancement of Latinos in business by the New America Alliance.
Prior to joining CalSTRS, Mr. Ailman had more than four years experience managing the $60 billion Washington State Investment Board and 11 years experience working for the Sacramento County Employees Retirement System where he served as CIO of the pension fund for the county.
Mr. Ailman received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1980. He received his Certified Financial Planner certification from the University of Southern California in 1984. He is married with three daughters and is a committed Promise Keeper.
Gary Bruebaker is the Chief Investment Officer for the WSIB. The WSIB is one of the nation's largest institutional investors, currently managing $86 billion within 36 separate funds, comprised of defined benefit and defined contribution retirement funds, deferred compensation funds, insurance funds, permanent and other trust funds. Mr. Bruebaker is responsible for the design and implementation of the overall investment strategy and policy for these funds, consistent with the highest professional standards and for the exclusive benefit of fund stakeholders.
Prior to joining the WSIB, Mr. Bruebaker served as Deputy State Treasurer of Oregon, Director of the Oregon State Treasury, Controller of the Oregon Housing Agency, and Senior Auditor for the Oregon Secretary of State Division of Audits. He received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in business administration from Oregon State University. Mr. Bruebaker is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Cash Manager, and a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Bruebaker was honored to receive a Distinction in Financial Management Award from the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in 1993, the Institute for Fiduciary Education's Leadership Award in 2005, and an Excellence in Investment Management Award from Institutional Investor in 2006.
Mary L. Cahill
Mary L. Cahill is Vice President of Investments and Chief Investment Officer of Emory University overseeing investments of all endowment, trust, operating, and employee benefit funds of the University and related medical facilities.
Prior to joining Emory, Mary was Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Xerox Corporation where she was responsible for developing, recommending and implementing investment alternatives for pension and savings plan assets in excess of $12 billion. Mary was also Chief Investment Officer of the Xerox Canada pension plan.
Mary has 20 years of investment experience with prior positions including Deputy Director of the Virginia Retirement System, Director of the SmithKline pension fund and pension management positions with BellSouth and Merck. Mary has overseen internal equity portfolios, invested fixed income and futures portfolios, developed performance measurement systems, and designed investment options. Mary has served as President of Pension Group East, President of Pension 21 and an executive member of the Financial Executive Institut's Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets. She is a member of the NYSE Pension Managers Advisory Committee and a trustee of the Greenwich Roundtable. Mary has an MBA specializing in Finance from St. John's University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Matthew L. Clark
Matthew L. Clark is the Chief Investment Officer for the South Dakota Investment Council. The Investment Council is responsible for managing the assets of the South Dakota Retirement System and other State of South Dakota financial assets, including the South Dakota Cement Plant Retirement Fund, the Dakota Cement Trust, the School and Public Lands Fund, the Education Enhancement Trust, the Healthcare Trust, and the South Dakota Cash Flow Fund. The Council was created in 1972 and began managing assets of the South Dakota Retirement System in 1973.
Clark joined the Investment Council in 1984 and was named State Investment Officer in January of 2005. He has managed the equity and fixed income portfolios, and led the launch of several internally managed investment programs including international equity, merger arbitrage, convertible arbitrage, and asset allocation.