Christian Farland

Chief Information Officer at California Public Employees Retirement System

Christian Farland

Christian Farland

Chief Information Officer at California Public Employees Retirement System

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Chief Information Officer

Christian Farland was named CalPERS' chief information officer in February 2018.

He manages the administration and direction of CalPERS' information technology (IT) services and strategy, and provides leadership and counsel to the board and executive team.

Christian's duties include overseeing the 600-member information technology team, as well as the technology portfolio that makes up CalPERS' $100 million IT budget.

He previously served in a number of leadership roles at CalPERS, including chief technology business officer; interim chief for the Technology & Strategic Services Division; chief of IT Performance and Accountability; and enterprise transition management project manager for CalPERS' transformation initiative for five years.

Christian joined CalPERS in 2002, serving as a lead on the Service Desk team.

Before joining CalPERS, he held positions as senior consultant as well as senior project manager at the Money Store in Sacramento.

Christian holds a bachelor's degree in history from Occidental College.

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Teacher-Legal Writing at University of California - Davis

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Vice Chair at California Public Employees Retirement System

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Managing Investment Director at California Public Employees Retirement System

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Managing Investment Director, Board Governance & Sustainability at California Public Employees Retirement System

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Founder at Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project

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General Counsel for Investments at The Carlyle Group, Inc.

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CalPERS’ assets are managed by the CalPERS Board of Administration. CalPERS invests across a range of asset classes including global equity, private equity, fixed-income, real estate, infrastructure, forest land, inflation-linked bonds, liquidity and trust level. Strategies are managed both internally and through external managers. CalPERS' Global Equity Strategy is responsible for CalPERS investments in securities traded in global public equity markets, including in-house management of index-oriented and active strategies, externally managed active strategies, the Multi-Asset Class Partners Program, and active strategies run by emerging managers (Global Equity Emerging Manager Program). Global Equity is the principal asset class providing growth exposure in the strategic asset allocation. CalPERS Income Strategy primarily consists of US and international fixed income strategies. CalPERS' inflation-linked asset class is made up of two main asset types: commodities (including commodity futures, forwards, swaps, structured notes, and options) and inflation-linked bonds. Forestland investments are long-term investments. The return drivers include biological growth, timber prices, and land values. Forestland targets investments within the timber and agriculture sectors. CalPERS' Liquidity Strategy consists of highly liquid short-term securities with maturities of less than 10 years. Real Estate strategy focuses on US core assets with moderate leverage. CalPERS' Trust Level Portfolio Management Program (TLPM) is responsible for delivering targeted, risk-adjusted, total fund level investment returns over the long-term, anchored by the belief that strategic asset allocation is the dominant determinant of portfolio risk and return.

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