Chief Executive Officer
Jack Ehnes is the chief executive officer of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. Since 2002, Ehnes has provided leadership for the largest educator-only pension fund in the world.
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. The asset value of the investment portfolio was $283.4 billion as of December 31, 2020. CalSTRS administers retirement benefits for California’s public school educators in grades kindergarten through community college.
Ehnes came to CalSTRS from Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company (Denver, Colorado). Among his duties as vice president for corporate affairs, Ehnes served as the trustee/plan administrator for Great-West’s employees’ defined benefit and defined contribution plans. Prior to Great-West, Ehnes served as the Colorado Insurance Commissioner, deputy insurance commissioner and board trustee for the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (CoPERA), which included six years as chair and vice-chair of the board.
Ehnes is currently chairman of the FTSE Green Industries Advisory Committee and vice-chair of the FTSE Sustainable Investment Advisory Committee in London. He is the board vice-chair of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in Amsterdam. He currently serves on the boards of Ceres (a national network of investors and environmental organizations working to address sustainability challenges) and is past-president of the National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR). Ehnes also serves as a Public Governor on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Washington D.C.
As a recognized leader and public servant, Ehnes has participated on high-profile national task forces throughout his career including those with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and on various healthcare and insurance commissions and advisory boards. He was also a board member of the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and board chair of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII).
Ehnes is a native of Rochester, New York, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University.