Public Affairs Executive Officer
Grant Boyken is the Public Affairs Executive Officer at CalSTRS, the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. Mr. Boyken provides strategic leadership and oversight over CalSTRS External Affairs, Communications, and Governmental Relations divisions. His position reports directly to CalSTRS Chief Operating Officer, Cassandra Lichnock.
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. Boyken joined CalSTRS as the Public Affairs Executive Officer in November 2016. Prior to that time, he worked in the State Treasurer’s Office from 2008 to 2016, first as the Pension and Benefits Officer, and for the last two years, as a Deputy State Treasurer. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Boyken also acted as the Treasurer’s representative on several governing boards, including CalSTRS, so he brings with him extensive knowledge of the plan design, legislative history and organizational strategic priorities.
Prior to his work with the State Treasurer’s Office, Mr. Boyken was a senior policy researcher at the State Library’s California Research Bureau and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).
Mr. Boyken has a master’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Davis and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.