CalSTRS Names New General Counsel
Brian Bartow appointed to position from assistant general counsel.

News release

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA– The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) today announced Brian J. Bartow as its new General Counsel. His role as lead attorney for the nation’s second largest public pension fund is effective June 1, 2010.

As General Counsel, Bartow will provide operational and executive leadership at CalSTRS while serving as the chief legal advisor to the Teachers’ Retirement Board, the pension fund’s governing body. In addition to guiding the fund’s legal services team, he will be responsible for its compliance, community property and information security services areas.

“Brian Bartow brings us not only strong legal skills, but an understanding of the strategic implications of our legal decisions and a highly effective managerial style. Pension plans have extraordinary legal challenges in these times, and Brian can clearly ensure that CalSTRS is prepared to address them” said CalSTRS Chief Executive Officer Jack Ehnes.

“Teachers are one of California’s greatest assets and their work touches all of our lives in some important way. I am proud to join with our superb staff in their dedication to securing the financial future of California’s educators and their families,” Bartow said. “I look forward to working with the Teachers’ Retirement Board and the exceptional leadership at CalSTRS as we face the challenges and opportunities of today and the future.”

After graduating from UC Davis Law School in 1989, Bartow spent a decade in private practice before joining public sector practice, most recently at the California Department of Social Services. Before that, he held high-level legal positions at the California Department of Managed Health Care and California Department of Corporations. Bartow became acting General Counsel in November 2009.

He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from UC Riverside and an associate’s degree in nursing from Queensborough Community College in Bayside, New York.

Bartow lives in Elk Grove with Nancey, his wife of 27 years. They have three children.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System portfolio is valued at $138 billion. CalSTRS administers retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California’s 848,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,400 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.