Vonnie Madigan Named CalSTRS Communications Director

News release

 SACRAMENTO, CA  – Vonnie Madigan has been named Communications Director of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.She will begin work at the nation’s second-largest public pension fund on May 17.As Communications Director, Madigan will plan and direct a comprehensive communication program, including media relations, public information, community outreach, general employee communications, as well as publications and Web content development, graphic design and video/Web-based production.

“Although we saw a number of very capable candidates for the job, Ms. Madigan stood out as an exceptional one,” said Jack Ehnes, CalSTRS chief executive officer. “Her experience in serving nonprofit and public clients in her own firm, as well as her prior experience in the Capitol provides the exact type of experience we were looking for to provide leadership in an expanded communications function within CalSTRS.”

Madigan joins CalSTRS with more than 20 years of experience in communications and public affairs. Most recently, she has served six years as a director for the Center for Health Improvement, a public policy center, where she directed programs on children’s health improvement and worksite wellness. Prior to that, Madigan owned her own public relations consulting agency, Zebra Communications serving nonprofit and public agencies.

“I’m thrilled to join the CalSTRS team, known for its national leadership, quality services and impact on public retirement policy. For 94 years, CalSTRS has ensured the financial stability of California educators,” said Madigan. “We have a great story to tell.”

She has also served as Deputy Director for Legislation for the California Employment Development Department and as a staff consultant in the California Assembly Speaker’s Office. Madigan began her career in community college education and holds lifetime education credentials. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of California.

CalSTRS provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits to California’s nearly 800,000 public school educators and their families. Its investment portfolio currently exceeds $162 billion.