CalSTRS Fills New Business Processes and Operations Leadership Post
Jeff Zimmer becomes Director of Benefits and Services Business Transformation
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today announced Jeff Zimmer as its Director of Benefits and Services Business Transformation. Mr. Zimmer will report to Benefits and Services Executive Officer Andrew Roth and Technology Services Executive Officer Ashish Jain.
In his new role, Mr. Zimmer guides and prepares CalSTRS for internal business operational, process and organizational changes. They pertain to how CalSTRS communicates to and serves its members and employers—the state’s K-12 school and community college districts. Mr. Zimmer assumed the post in mid-August. His new role will be instrumental in the coming years as CalSTRS continues to respond to rapidly changing, member-focused business needs.
“Jeff brings more than a decade of knowledge and experience at CalSTRS.”
CalSTRS Benefits and Services Executive Officer
Since joining CalSTRS in 2005, Mr. Zimmer has worked in a wide range of CalSTRS business areas. He also served as chair of the internal Project Review Council, which makes recommendations on prioritization and resource management for both short- and long-range projects. In addition, Mr. Zimmer successfully completed CalSTRS’ Executive Development Program in late 2014.
“Jeff brings more than a decade of knowledge and experience at CalSTRS, which touches on a variety of areas related to our business operations,” said Mr. Roth. “His education, business knowledge, skill at progressively demanding leadership positions, and experience with member-centered priorities make him the ideal fit for this important new position.”
Mr. Jain added: “Jeff’s tenure at CalSTRS is marked by success at escalated levels of responsibility covering multiple business areas. This has contributed to his collaborative and innovative approach to refining processes, thinking strategically, solving complex issues and making inclusive and well-informed decisions.”
Prior to joining state service, Mr. Zimmer worked at a technology industry start-up and Cisco Systems. Mr. Zimmer graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1999 with a degree in business administration and finance.
The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $193.4 billion as of July 31, 2016, 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 896,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,700 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.