CalSTRS Appoints Diane Stanton as External Affairs Director

News release Krista Noonan
Diane Stanton

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – July 13, 2017 – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today announced the appointment of Diane Stanton as External Affairs Director. In her new role, Ms. Stanton will provide leadership, management and strategic direction for the CalSTRS External Affairs program, with an emphasis on stakeholder relations, outreach and engagement. Her position reports directly to Public Affairs Executive Officer, Grant Boyken.

“Diane’s experience serving public boards, managing stakeholder relations for Covered California and her extensive legislative background equip her with a strong set of skills necessary to lead our external affairs program,” stated Mr. Boyken. “CalSTRS has an unwavering commitment to secure the retirement future for our members – California’s educators – and I’m confident Diane will further develop the collaborative relationships and engaging conversations that take place throughout our community of interested stakeholders and constituent groups.”

In her most recent position, Ms. Stanton served as the executive director of the California Health Facilities Finance Authority, which is under the direction of the State Treasurer’s Office. Prior to that role, from 2013 to 2015, Ms. Stanton led outreach and stakeholder relations efforts at the California Health Benefits Exchange, which included the launch of Covered California and its first two Open Enrollment cycles. Additionally, from 2007 to 2013, Ms. Stanton served as the legislative director for then State Treasurer Bill Lockyer. She also has experience as a research writer at the California Department of Justice and as a legislative aide for the California State Senate.

“I look forward to engaging stakeholders in regular conversations to build solid relationships.”

Diane Stanton
CalSTRS External Affairs Director

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“I look forward to joining the CalSTRS team and engaging stakeholders in regular conversations to build solid relationships based on the foundations of mutual trust,” stated Ms. Stanton. “After all, trust starts with open and transparent communication, and I’m eager to take on this new responsibility leading CalSTRS external affairs outreach efforts and serving the retirement needs for more than 914,000 California educators and their beneficiaries.”

Ms. Stanton has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oregon State University, Corvallis. She will begin in her new position at CalSTRS on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

About CalSTRS

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $208.7 billion as of May 31, 2017, is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. CalSTRS administers a hybrid retirement system, consisting of traditional defined benefit, cash balance and voluntary defined contribution plans. CalSTRS also provides disability and survivor benefits. CalSTRS serves California’s more than 914,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,700 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.

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