WRS Performance
Preliminary year-to-date as of 7/31/16
Preliminary returns are estimated, subject to final portfolio and benchmark valuations.
Core  7.0%
Variable  6.7%

Executive Staff

Michael Williamson, Executive Director

Michael has over 35 years of experience working in the public sector including the oversight of public pension systems as well as investments. He served 10 years as the director of the North Carolina Retirement System, the 10th largest U.S. public pension system, and also served as deputy director of the District of Columbia Retirement Board in Washington, D.C. A former University of Wisconsin-Madison administrator, Michael worked in Madison for 15 years prior to returning to North Carolina. During his time in Madison, he was assistant to the UW-Madison chancellor, policy advisor for the Office of the Governor and chief of staff in the Madison mayor's office. Michael holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Board of Directors and past chairman for the National Institute on Retirement Security and is past-president of the National Association of State Retirement Administrators.

 David Villa, Chief Investment Officer

Working in investment management since 1992, David adds a wide range of significant accomplishments in investment management to the SWIB team. He was previously chief investment officer for the Florida State Board of Administration. Prior to joining the Florida Board, David worked for UBS Global Asset Management/Brinson Partners in Chicago for more than 10 years, most recently serving as executive director, client relationship manager. His more than 30 years in the financial industry also includes positions with First Chicago and Arthur Andersen. David obtained his B.A. in economics from Princeton University; M.A. in economics and Latin American studies from Stanford University; and M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has earned his Certified Public Accountant license and the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Rochelle Klaskin, Chief Legal Officer

Cindy Klimke-Armatoski, Chief Operating Officer

Lori Wersal, Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Schmeiser, Chief Human Resources Officer

Elizabeth Fadell, Strategic Planning & Transformation Director

Brandon Brickner, Internal Audit Director