Topic: “Inside California: Perspectives from our State Treasurer”
Speaker: Honorable John Chiang, Treasurer, State of California
The Treasurer’s vision to build a 21st Century Treasurer’s Office that fully engages all available financial resources, human creativity, and technology to ensure all Californians lead healthy, secure and happy lives. We must make our government more efficient and nimble by applying more accountability, innovation and transparency
California State Treasurer John Chiang
John Chiang was elected on November 4, 2014, as California’s 33rd State Treasurer. As the State’s
banker, he oversees trillions of dollars in transactions every year. One of his top priorities is to conduct
the State’s business in the most transparent manner possible.
Chiang sells California’s bonds, invests the State’s money and manages its cash. In addition, he
manages financing authorities that help provide good-paying jobs, better schools, improved
transportation, quality health care, more affordable housing and a cleaner environment. He handles
those duties while sitting on the governing boards of the nation’s two largest public pension funds – the
California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’
Retirement System (CalSTRS).
Chiang has made transparency a top priority, believing that sharing information with taxpayers enables
them to hold government officials accountable. In November 2015, he unveiled DebtWatch, a website
that offers the public easy access to three decades of data related to debt issued by State and local