Christopher J. Ailman
Chief Investment Officer

Christopher J. Ailman

Christopher Ailman has been the chief investment officer of CalSTRS since October 2000. He leads an investment staff of over 200 and oversees a portfolio valued at $312.2 billion as of September 30, 2021​​​​​​​​​​​​​. He has over 36 years of institutional investment experience.

He has served on several boards and advisory boards in the U.S. and U.K. He represents institutional investors on the MSCI Index Editorial Advisory Board, EDHEC Risk Institute, PRI Asset Owners Advisory Committee, and the Toigo Foundation. He is the Co-Chair of the North American 300 Club and the Milken Global Capital Markets Committee. In 2016, he was part of the first cohort to achieve a Fundamentals of Sustainable Accounting (FSA) credential.

Each year, he is recognized as one of the top CIOs both in the U.S. and globally. He has received numerous awards and recognitions: CIO of the Year in 2000, recipient of the 2003 Richard Stoddard Award for service in the investment of pubic pensions, 2006 he received the Distinguished Service Award for Advancement of Latinos in Business from the New American Alliance, 2011 he received the Institutional Investor’s Large Public Fund Manager of the Year Award and in 2013 he was named the number three CIO in the world and Investment Innovator of the Year. In November 2017, Ailman received Institutional Investor magazine’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a regular guest on the TV and radio and is frequently quoted in in major financial publications.

Ailman has a Bachelor of Arts in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his certified financial planner designation from the University of Southern California. He is married with three daughters and is a committed Promise Keeper.