CalSTRS Orintheo Swanigan Named in Top 40 Under 40 List
Mr. Swanigan is the fifth Investment Officer from CalSTRS to make the list

News release Michelle Mussuto

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – July 17, 2017 – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System has, for the fifth consecutive year, contributed one of its talented young—under age 40—investment officers, Orintheo Swanigan, to Chief Investment Officer magazine’s Class of 2017 Top Forty Under Forty.

The list is an annual recognition of 40 asset owners from around the world who show a strong passion in their work and the ability to become potential game changers — if they aren’t already. They represent pension funds, foundations and endowments whose long-term success depends on shrewd and strategic minds like Mr. Swanigan’s. The list is in its sixth year.

“Orintheo represents the kind of drive, grit, acumen and teamwork that we strive for with all of our professional investment staff.”

Christopher J. Ailman
CalSTRS Chief Investment Officer

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“Orintheo represents the kind of drive, grit, acumen and teamwork that we strive for with all of our professional investment staff,” said CalSTRS Chief Investment Officer Christopher J. Ailman. “We knew when we hired him that he was going to do great things for our members and this recognition is, I’m sure, just one of many to come in his promising career.”

Mr. Swanigan has been part of the CalSTRS Global Equity team over the past nine years. Global Equity is the fund’s largest asset class, comprising 56.5 percent of CalSTRS’ $208.7 billion investment portfolio. He is part of a 15-person team who oversee a portfolio that includes U.S. developed markets, non-U.S., and emerging markets equity. It is also 50 percent internally managed.

“Orintheo constantly strives for personal growth and knowledge. He is a problem solver and possesses strong analytical skills, which he applies effectively on an ongoing basis,” said CalSTRS Global Equity Director June Kim. “Additionally, Orintheo works well with his peers, freely sharing his knowledge and experience. We are fortunate to have him as part of our CalSTRS Investments team.”

Mr. Swanigan earned his Bachelor of Science in managerial economics from the University of California, Davis and his Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. He also holds the CFA® designation.

Mr. Swanigan originally joined CalSTRS as a trader in the Fixed Income unit in 2007. Upon notification of this recognition as part of the “Forty Under Forty” group, Mr. Swanigan stated, “I almost feel undeserving of this award as I am surrounded by so many great, young investment professionals. I feel incredibly honored to be recognized.”

CalSTRS investment staff previously recognized as members of the “Forty Under Forty” list include:

  • Aeisha Mastagni, Corporate Governance, (2013)
  • Josh Diedesch, Innovation and Risk, (2014)
  • Carrie Lo, Risk Mitigating Strategies (2015)
  • Simranjit ‘Sunny’ Dhillon, Fixed Income, (2016)

Ms. Mastagni and Ms. Lo have since been promoted to portfolio managers, and Mr. Diedesch has since been promoted to associate portfolio manager.

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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