Christopher J. Ailman

Christopher Ailman
Source: CalSTRS

Christopher J. Ailman is the chief investment officer of the $192 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System, the largest teachers fund and the second largest pension fund in the U.S.A. As CIO, Ailman leads an investment staff of 120 across eight teams and asset classes. He has over 29 years of institutional investment management experience. Annually, he is listed as one of the top CIO's in the U.S.A and globally by aiCIO and Institutional Investor magazine, and he is an early member of the global "300" CIO Club.

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; Emory University Private Equity Research Council; EDHEC Risk Institute and the Toigo Foundation. He is the co-chair of the Milken Global Capital Markets Committee and is a past Governor ICGN and Association Board member of the UN PRI.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions over his career, the IFE's CIO of the Year; the Richard Stoddard Award; NAA's Advancement of Latino's; Institutional Investor's Large Public Fund Manager of the Year. In 2013 he was named the number #3 CIO in the world and Investment Innovator of the Year by CIO magazine. Ailman is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg Radio and TV. He is frequently quoted in multiple investment publications.

Ailman has a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara. He received his CFP from the USC and completed the Claritas Certificate of the CFA Institute. He is married with three adult daughters and is a committed Promise Keeper.

Previous Years

  • CNBC and Institutional Investor hosted the 7th Annual Delivering Alpha Conference on September 12, 2017.

  • Delivering Alpha 2017 stage, signage

    Meet the 2017 advisory board of Delivering Alpha, which takes place on September 12, 2017 at The Pierre in New York City.

  • The stage at Delivering Alpha 2016 in New York on Sept. 13, 2016.

    CNBC and Institutional Investor hosted the 6th Annual Delivering Alpha Conference on September 13, 2016.


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