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March 23, 2016

melissa_waller_profile_photo_blue-web1000.jpgDeputy Treasurer Melissa Waller Elected to Council of Institutional Investors Board

RALEIGH, N.C. —North Carolina Department of State Treasurer Deputy Treasurer and Chief of Staff Melissa Waller was elected yesterday to the Board of Directors for the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) at their meeting in Washington, D.C. Waller will join 14 other national leaders to provide expertise and advice in the fields of corporate governance and investor protection.

“Melissa Waller will provide the board with a strong voice in favor of director diversity, corporate transparency, and investor long-termism,” said North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell. “We are proud to have Melissa represent our Department and the people of North Carolina in this new role.”

As Chief of Staff, Waller helps oversee more than 400 employees and serves as chair of the Department's Corporate Governance Committee. In this capacity, she collaborates closely with the Department's Chief Investment Officer and General Counsel to develop an annual corporate governance strategy, set priorities, and represent the Department in its engagements with companies. Waller also serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Institute of Public Finance.

CII is a nonprofit association of public, union, and corporate pension funds with combined assets that exceed $3 trillion. Member funds are major long-term shareowners with a duty to protect the retirement assets of millions of American workers.


The North Carolina Retirement Systems, the formal name for the pension fund plans, is the tenth largest public pension fund in the country. It provides retirement benefits and savings for more than 900,000 North Carolinians, including teachers, state employees, firefighters, police officers and other public workers. For more information, visit