Fall Conference Presentations

Presentations from the many educational sessions presented at the conference are available below. Please note that presentations posted represent all those that were received from the presenters. Due to internal compliance issues, some presentations will not be made available. 


Tuesday, November 12, 2019 

3:00PM - 5:00 PM 

Trustee Training - Building a Stronger Board Culture Through Effective Leadership -Tracy L. Lawrence, Managing Director, The Lawrence Advisory

Disability/Ops Breakout -Are You Providing Good Member Service? How Do You Really Know? - Sevan Simonian, Retirement Benefits Specialist III, Benefits Division, Los Angeles CERA; and Theodore J. King, Section Head, Benefits Division, Los Angeles CERA

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

7:30AM - 9:00AM

Investment Staff Breakout - Closed Door Session - Tim Price, Chief Investment Officer, Contra Costa CERA

9:00AM - 10:00AM

Keynote Speaker - Danny Glover, Actor, Producer, Humanitarian

10:30AM - 11:30AM

Disruptive Technologies and Their Impact on Pension Plan Decisions John D'Agostino, Global Head of Investor Engagement, DMC Governance and Tim McCusker, Chief Investment Officer, NEPC; and Sam Austin, Partner, NEPC

11:30AM - 12:30PM

“Up In Smoke”- Stories and Travails of Legalized Marijuana- Robert Hunt, Founder, Linnaea and Kyle Castanon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Palomar Craft Cannabis

2:00PM - 5:00PM

Ops/Benefits and Disability Breakout Carlos Barrios   Christie Porter 

Affiliate Breakout

Attorney Breakout

Internal Auditors Breakout Brenda Greenwood

Administrators Breakout

Trustee Breakout Harvey Leiderman   Chris Macke

Safety Breakout


Thursday, November 14, 2019

8:45AM - 9:45AM

Backable: Why Some Innovators Get Ignored While Others Get Ahead - Suneel Gupta, Author and Entrepreneur


10:15AM - 11:15AM

The Current Economic and Financial Outlook - Catherine Mann, Managing Director and Global Chief Economist, Citibank and Dan Ivascyn, Chief Investment Officer, PIMCO

11:15AM - 12:15PM

The What, Why and How of Diversity and Inclusion in the Public Pension Industry Workplace - Mark Anson, CEO, Commonfund; Margaret Jadallah, Managing Director, Verus Investments; and Dianne Sandoval, Investment Manager, CalPERS


1:30PM - 2:30PM

Building a Private Credit Portfolio: Implementation Approaches, Considerations and Challenges -Reggie Tucker, Orange CERS; Amit Thanki, CAIA, Senior Investment Officer, San Bernardino CERA; and Jonathan Mandle, Co-Managing Partner, Corrum Capital Management LLC

Pursuing What You’re Due: One Retirement System’s Experience Suing Its Carrier Jim Vorhis, Partner, Nossaman LLP and Ashley Dunning, Partner, Nossaman LLP

130/30 strategies are back - Exploring the benefits of active equity extension in today’s investment landscape Steve Davis, Chief Investment Officer, Sacramento CERS, Steve Marsh, CAIA, Senior Investment Officer, Sonoma CERA and Ryan LaFond, PhD., Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Algert Global LLC


3:00PM - 4:00PM

Changing Consumer Patterns - The Impact on Retail and Industrial Real Estate - Rob Holuba, Portfolio Manager, CenterSquare Investment Management, LLC and Kevin Howley, Managing Director, RREEF

A Future Glimpse: Five Pension Systems That Are Leading the Way in Online Member Experiences - Mac Clemmens, CEO, Digital Deployment; and Rocky Martin, VP Strategic Partnerships, Digital Deployment

CalPERS & SACRS; Reciprocity, Do I Get It? Part 1 of 2: Legal, CalPERS Guest Panels at SACRS - Barry Lew, Legislative Affairs Officer, Los Angeles CERA; Justin Simpson, Senior In-House Attorney CalPERS; and Ashley Dunning, Partner, Nossaman LLP


4:00PM - 5:00PM

SACRS 2019 Legislative Update - Trent Smith, Bridgett McGowan and Mike Robson, SACRS Legislative Advocates, Edelstein Gilbert Robson & Smith

Risk, Mortality and Other Things That Only an Actuary Can Love - Paul Angelo, Senior Vice President & Actuary, Segal Consulting

CalPERS & SACRS; Reciprocity, Do I Get It? Part 2 of 2: Operational, CalPERS Guest Panels at SACRS -Luis Gittens, Los Angeles CERA; Renee Ostrander, Chief of the Employer Account Management Division, CalPERS; and Anthony Suine, Chief of Retirement Benefit

Services Division, CalPERS


Friday, November 15, 2019

8:45AM - 9:45AM

SACRS System Highlights & Key Takeaways - Rebecca Gratsinger, Chief Executive Officer & Senior Consultant, RVK