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Anne Simpson

Managing Investment Director at CalPERS

Anne is CalPERS’ Managing Investment Director for Board Governance & Sustainability, responsible for strategic initiatives across the total fund where she is a member of the Investment Management Committee and reports to the CEO.  Anne leads CalPERS’ Sustainable Investment Strategy, which focuses on long term value creation through the effective management of three forms of capital: financial, human and natural. Priorities include data and corporate reporting, research through the Sustainable Investments Research Initiative, financial markets regulation, climate change, diversity and inclusion, including emerging managers and CalPERS’ work as co-founder of 3D (the Diverse Director DataSource). Anne oversees CalPERS’ global partnerships including serving on the Steering Committee and chairing the Asia Advisory Group for Climate Action 100+, a global investor alliance of $54 trillion which CalPERS convened and co-founded. She was recently appointed to the California Governor's Climate Risk Disclosure Advisory Group and the Advisory Council of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF). Anne is also a member of the board at Ceres.

Anne serves on the Senior Advisory Board at the Center for Responsible Business at Haas Business School where she is a Lecturer in Sustainable and Impact Finance. She is also a Senior Advisor at the Institute for Business in Society at UC Berkeley Law and Harvard’s Institutional Investor Forum Advisory Council. Anne was formerly Senior Faculty Fellow and Lecturer at the Yale School of Management, where she taught with Ira Millstein on ‘The Role of the Corporation in Society’. 

Anne was recognized in 2019 by TIME Magazine as one of 15 women globally leading the fight on climate change and as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in US Finance by Barron’s in 2020. She is cited by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 100 most influential leaders in the boardroom. In roles prior to joining CalPERS, Anne served as the first Executive Director of the International Corporate Governance Network, and as the head of the World Bank-OECD Global Corporate Governance Forum. Previously she was Joint Managing Director of Pensions & Investment Research Consultants Ltd. 

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