Today, the Healthy Markets Association announced the appointment of Amy McGarrity to its Board of Directors. Ms. McGarrity serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Colorado PERA, a member of Healthy Markets.
“Amy is a powerful voice for pensioners,” said Tyler Gellasch, Executive Director of Healthy Markets. “We welcome her expertise and perspective, as we work to address today’s market structure challenges — from best execution, to research unbundling, to fixed income trading transparency, and more.”
“We are thrilled to bring Amy’s thought leadership to the Healthy Markets Board as we continue to grow the organization,” said Chris Nagy, Co-founder and Research Director of Healthy Markets.
“On behalf of CalPERS, I am very encouraged to see an organization like Colorado PERA and an individual like Amy McGarrity join us on the Board of Directors at Healthy Markets to help ensure that the unique perspectives of the Public Pension community are included in our ongoing market structure reform efforts,” said Don W. Pontes Jr., CFA and Investment Director.
“I’m honored to be joining the Board of Healthy Markets,” said McGarrity. “Having worked with the leadership at Healthy Markets on many important capital market topics, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the great work of this organization.”
Ms. McGarrity joins Healthy Markets existing Board members, Professor James Cox (Duke University School of Law), Joe Engelhard (MetLife), Don Pontes (CalPERS), Ray Ross (Clearpool), and Chris Nagy.
Healthy Markets also wishes to express gratitude to former Board member Stuart George (Macquarie Investment Mgmt) who has stepped down, but will continue to remain a member of Healthy Markets. “We thank Stu for his valuable contributions to our Board, and look forward to continuing to work with him as a member.” said Gellasch. “Stu has proven to be both an expert on the issues, and just a great human being. We’re grateful that he isn’t going too far away.”
For more information about our new board member:
Amy McGarrity is the Chief Investment Officer of the Public Employees’ Retirement Association of Colorado (Colorado PERA), where she is responsible for managing $45 billion for the pension plan in accordance with the Board of Trustees policies and state statutes. Ms. McGarrity oversees portfolio and risk management for global equities, fixed income, real estate, private equity, and new investment opportunities. She recommends investment policy to the Board of Trustees and contributes to strategic planning. Ms. McGarrity manages relationships with external asset managers, the custodial bank, and investment consultants. As a member of the organization’s executive group, she also represents Colorado PERA to legislative bodies and other external entities.
Before re-joining PERA in March 2017, Ms. McGarrity worked at William Blair as a Global Equity Product Specialist. Ms. McGarrity originally joined Colorado PERA in 2010, after the merger of the Denver Public Schools Retirement System, serving as their Chief Investment Oﬃcer. While at Colorado PERA, Ms. McGarrity worked as Senior Investment Oﬃcer, then as the Deputy Chief Investment Oﬃcer. She has also held previous investment positions at Buck Consultants, Prima Capital Holding, William M. Mercer Investment Consulting, and Caxton Corporation. Ms. McGarrity graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and earned her MBA at Rider University. Ms. McGarrity is a CFA charterholder and a member of CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Colorado. She is also a member of the PCAOB Investment Advisory Group and the SEC Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee.
About Healthy Markets
Healthy Markets, founded in 2015, is an investor-focused not-for-profit coalition looking to educate market participants and promote data-driven reforms to market structure challenges. Our members, who range from a few billion to hundreds of billions of dollars in AUM, have come together behind one basic principle: Informed investors and policymakers are essential for healthy capital markets.