After a nationwide search, the Arlington County Employees’ Retirement System (ACERS) has selected Susie Ardeshir as Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer. The appointment is effective July 6, 2021.
Ms. Ardeshir has more than 15 years of investment management experience. Before joining ACERS, she was the investments director at a public university system in California, responsible for management and oversight of more than $100 billion in assets across defined benefit & contribution, endowment, working capital, and captive insurance products. Prior to joining the university system, Ms. Ardeshir was a senior associate with Mercer, consulting with asset owners. She holds a master’s degree in economics and bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Fullerton.
“We are pleased to welcome Susie to ACERS,” said Jon Kinney, President of ACERS Board of Trustees. “Susie’s depth of experience and passion for investing makes her an ideal choice to lead the ACERS team as it fulfills its commitments to members.”
“I am honored to join ACERS and do the best possible for the County and its employees to further the objectives and achievements of Arlington County,” Ms. Ardeshir said.
Ms. Ardeshir will be the first woman to lead the organization and succeeds Daniel Zito, who is retiring after 13 years with ACERS.
ACERS manages a $3 billion fully funded pension plan, investing across various assets to support the retirement benefits of more than 8,000 members.