Bill Ainsworth joined CalSTRS in September 2021. Ainsworth has spent his career in and around state government, serving as communications director at the California Department of Education and the State Lottery and working in communications at the State Treasurer’s Office. Before that he was a reporter for more than 20 years, covering state politics and government for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Ainsworth, who has three daughters, lives with his wife in Sacramento, and enjoys hiking, reading, traveling and tennis.