Don Pontes, Jr.
Don Pontes, Jr. is the Investment Director, Execution Services & Strategy for CalPERS. Don Pontes has been a member of the CalPERS Investment Office for over 12 years. In this role, he manages a 14-person team responsible for centralized cross-asset execution and coordinating the development and implementation of various plan-level initiatives, including multi-asset overlay strategies, securities lending, liquidity management, and CalPERS cross-asset regulatory agenda. Don previously managed CalPERS Global Equity Portfolio Implementation Team, where he was responsible for oversight of the $130BN internally managed global equity portfolio. In this role, Don was responsible for managing a 17-person team, consisting of Portfolio Construction, Equity Trading, and the Affiliate Investment Program. Prior to joining CalPERS in 2005, Don worked at Barclays Global Investors (Blackrock) from 1998-2003 as an international equity Portfolio Manager and Equity Trader. Before Barclays Global Investors, he was with Dean Witter/Morgan Stanley from 1995-1998 as an Account Executive, winning the National Sales Director Award in 1996. Don earned a B.S. in Business/Finance from California State University, Sacramento. He is a CFA charter holder. In 2016, Don completed the Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional (CRCP) program at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.