The LOFT Investors Forum is a unique initiative centered around educational trainings for Latino institutional investment professionals including: trustees, investment staff, asset managers, and other relevant industry stakeholders. The Forum provides educational opportunities related to investments and best practices tailored to trustees, foster a robust network of Latino trustees and investors and develop a platform for promising, young Latino professionals to grow into senior roles within asset management.
The Forum’s team led by Manager Jessica Herrera, includes Dennis Fox, Director, Julie Fox, Manager and Betty Salanic, Manager of Strategic Partnerships. Jessica Herrera is the Latina behind the LOFT Investors Forum, planning and leading the Forum months in advance, and with only 2 days away from the Forum, she is excited for the big day.
“I am really excited for this year’s LOFT Investors Forum! We currently have a 2:1 ratio of LP’s to GPs and have included interactive panels to the agenda in an effort to cultivate an educational environment and provide a fruitful networking opportunity for participants,” said Jessica.
Institutional Investors that will be present this year include Atlanta General Employees’ Pension Fund, California Department of Insurance, California Public Employees’ Retirement System, California State Teachers’ Pension Fund, Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association, Edison International, Pension Arm, El Paso Firemen’s and Policemen Pension Fund, Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado, Fire and Police Pension Fund of San Antonio, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Illinois State Board of Investment, Illinois State Treasury, Los Angeles City Employees; Retirement System, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions, among others.
Government institutions will attend include Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Inter-America Development Bank, New York City Comptroller, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, San Francisco Federal Reserve, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The academic institutions that will be in attendance include Loyola Marymount University, Michigan State University and University of Maryland.
Workshops will encompass personal experiences of trustees in driving change, board governance and fiduciary responsibilities, shareholder activism and risk management, equities, real estate and real assets, regional, community and impact investing, and specialized, emerging and diverse manager programs. Keynote speakers will include Anne Mathias, Macro Strategist, Senior Director, Guggenheim Partners, Antonio Villaraigosa, 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, Gilbert Garcia, Managing Partner, Garcia Hamilton and Associates, LP, Gustavo Arnavat, Former U.S. Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank, Henry Cisneros, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, John Chiang, California State Treasurer and Trustee, California Public Employees’ Retirement System and California State Teachers’ Retirement System, and Josh Gotbaum, Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Luis A. Aguilar, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Rosie Rios, United States Treasurer, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Steve Westly, Former Controller of California and Managing Partner of the Westly Group, and Sylvia Bell, Managing Director.