CalSTRS head of Sustainable Investment and Stewardship Strategies, Kirsty Jenkinson, selected in the NextGen Class of 2020
Chief Investment Officer (CIO) magazine features Jenkinson as a rising leader in the investment industry.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 13, 2020) – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today announced that their Sustainable Investment and Stewardship Strategies (SISS) Investment Director, Kirsty Jenkinson, was selected as one of Chief Investment Officer Magazine’s Class of 2020 NextGen investors. Jenkinson leads a portfolio of $6.3 billion and is also responsible for overseeing CalSTRS’ stewardship activities, including the system’s corporate engagement and proxy voting activities, and managing strategic relationships with key stakeholders, the media and the broader investment industry.
Each year, CIO magazine highlights “talented and inspiring asset allocators who show a strong ability to become potential game changers.”
“In just over a year at CalSTRS, Kirsty has transformed the SISS team from primarily focusing on corporate governance to full environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration,” said Chief Investment Officer Christopher J. Ailman. “She has a keen understanding of global issues, climate change, broader ESG drivers, and how to achieve sustainable returns in volatile markets. We are glad to have her on our team, especially as ESG integration becomes increasingly important to the investment world.”
Jenkinson’s background shows her passion for mobilizing capital to create demonstrable environmental, social and governance outcomes while delivering positive risk-adjusted returns. Prior to joining CalSTRS in January 2019, Jenkinson led the sustainable investment strategies team at Wespath Benefits and Investments in Chicago and was a director at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, DC.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to be in a role that I find so fascinating and to work at a fund that really prioritizes understanding how sustainability factors are shaping our global economy, our investment landscape and the future that our beneficiaries will retire into. I am delighted to be recognized in the Class of 2020 and look forward to continuing to learn from industry leaders and my peers.”
CalSTRS provides a secure retirement to more than 964,000 members whose CalSTRS-covered service is not eligible for Social Security participation. Members retire on average after more than 24 years in the classroom with a monthly benefit of approximately $4,547. Established in 1913, CalSTRS is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world with approximately $242.8 billion in assets under management as of May 31, 2020. CalSTRS demonstrates its strong commitment to long-term corporate sustainability principles in its annual Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Report. For more information, visit CalSTRS.com.