Christopher J. Ailman
Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Ailman is the chief investment officer of CalSTRS, the world’s largest educator-only pension fund, where he oversees an investment portfolio valued at $226.5 billion as of February 28, 2019.
CalSTRS administers a hybrid retirement system, consisting of a traditional defined benefit, cash balance and defined contribution plans, as well as disability and survivor benefits. CalSTRS serves more than 949,000 members and benefit recipients. CalSTRS administers retirement benefits for California’s public school educators in grades kindergarten through community college.
Mr. Ailman joined CalSTRS in the fall of 2000 with more than 27 years of institutional investment management experience. As CIO, Mr. Ailman leads a team of 117 investment staff in the following asset classes: Private Equity, Global Equity, Corporate Governance, Fixed Income, Real Estate, Operations, and Innovation and Risk.
Mr. Ailman serves on several boards and advisory boards in the U.S. and U.K. He is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network, a U.K. not-for-profit organization raising the standards of corporate governance worldwide. He is the past chairman and currently serves on the board for the Pacific Pension Institute, an educational resource to institutional investors engaged in long-term investment in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Ailman also serves as the co-chair of the Milken Global Capital Markets Committee from the Milken Institute.
He serves on the board of the Emory Center for Alternative Investments at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He also represents institutional investors on the MSCI Barra Index Editorial Advisory Board and the EDHEC-Risk Institute.
In 2011, he received both the Institutional Investor’s Large Public Fund Manager of the Year Award and aiCIO’s Innovation Award. The New America Alliance, in 2006, honored Mr. Ailman with the Distinguished Service Award for the Advancement of Latinos in Business. In 2003, his CIO peers in the United States awarded him the Richard Stoddard Award for service in the investment of public pensions. Mr. Ailman received the CIO of the Year Institute of Fiduciary Education Leadership Award in 2000.
Mr. 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.