Ashish Jain is the Chief Technology Officer of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. CalSTRS administers a hybrid retirement system, consisting of a traditional defined benefit, cash balance and defined contribution plans, as well as disability and survivor benefits. CalSTRS serves more than 949,000 members and benefit recipients. CalSTRS administers retirement benefits for California’s public-school educators in grades kindergarten through community college.
As CTO, Jain is responsible for the vision, strategic direction, policy development and management of the Technology Services Branch. The branch divisions include: Enterprise IT Governance, Enterprise IT Solutions & Innovation, IT Infrastructure & Operations, Project Management Program and Pension Solution—one of CalSTRS’ enterprise transforming projects.
Prior to joining CalSTRS, Jain served as the deputy chief information officer at California Correctional Health Care Services, which provides health care services to around 130,000 inmates throughout California’s 35 correctional institutions. Jain was responsible for the enterprise health care systems architecture; clinical application development, implementation, and operations; IT governance, policy management, and enterprise-wide strategic IT planning.
Jain has almost 25 years of experience in senior Information Technology leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. In his more than 15 years serving the State of California, he has held technical leadership positions with various state agencies including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the Department of General Services.
Educated in India, Jain holds a Bachelor of Science in physics, chemistry and mathematics from Agra University and a Master of Science in computer applications from the Institute of Basic Science.