CalSTRS Selects New Deputy CEO for Administrative Services

News release

SACRAMENTO – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System has announced the selection of Christine Ford as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Administrative Services. Ford, a certified public accountant and former auditor who is currently a deputy director at the California Department of Aging, will begin her new position at the nation’s third-largest public pension fund on January 19, 2004.

Ford will be responsible for the direction of the state agency’s internal operations, including accounting and financial services, human resources, quality and training services, facilities and information technology security. She will oversee an operating budget of more than $100 million and the accounting of CalSTRS’ $110 billion investment portfolio.

In addition to her executive management role at the Department of Aging, Ford also has experience working as the accounting office chief for the California Department of Education, as a manager at the California State Lottery and as an internal auditor for the California State Assembly’s Rules Committee. She holds a bachelor’s of science in business administration from California State University, Sacramento.

Her civic involvement includes serving as a commissioner for the City of Roseville Personnel Board and as a volunteer tax preparer for the elderly.

CalSTRS, with a $110 billion portfolio, is the nation’s third largest public pension fund. It administers retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California’s public school educators in grades kindergarten through community college, serving more than 735,000 members and benefit recipients.