CalSTRS Names Cassandra Lichnock Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development

News release

 SACRAMENTO, CA  – Cassandra Lichnock has been named director of Human Resources and Organizational Development for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). She begins work at the nation’s second-largest public pension fund on Aug. 25.

Lichnock will be responsible for all CalSTRS activities associated with human resources and training and development. She will also oversee strategic planning, performance management, customer satisfaction and workforce planning functions at CalSTRS.

Lichnock has more than 17 years of experience in California state government and previously served as Deputy Director of Human Resources for the California State Lottery. She began her state service in 1991, joining the State Compensation Insurance fund where she served in various capacities. Lichnock has received certificates in labor relations management from the University of California, Davis Extension and in human resources management from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

Established 95 years ago, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a $162.2 billion portfolio, is the second-largest public pension fund in the United States. It administers retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California’s 813,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,400 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.