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 United States.
As CIO, Ailman leads an investment staff of 120 across eight teams and asset classes. He has more than 29 years of institutional investment management experience. Annually, he is listed as one of the top CIOs in the United States 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 United States 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 Latinos; Institutional Investor's Large Public Fund Manager of the Year. In 2013 he was named the No. 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 and is frequently quoted in multiple investment publications.
Ailman has a BA in business economics from the University of California Santa Barbara. He received his CFP from USC and completed the Claritas Certificate of the CFA Institute. He is married, has three daughters, and is a committed Promise Keeper.