Mentor List

Misty Watson

Job Title: Investment Officer
Company: CalSTRS
Industry: Investments
Mentor Since: Fall 2021
Will Mentor: Graduate Students

Job Description

Assist in the management of the externally managed CalSTRS Global Equity portfolio, the second largest pension fund in the US.

Company Description

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System was established by law in 1913 to provide retirement benefits to California’s public school educators from prekindergarten through community college. Today, CalSTRS is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world, and the second largest pension fund in the U.S. The market value of the CalSTRS investment portfolio was approximately $310.9 billion as of July 31,2021​​​​​​​.

Employment History

Misty Watson has worked in the investments industry since 2009 at three investment firms—Russell Investments, Verus Investments and she is currently at CalSTRS. Prior to pivoting into the investments industry, she was a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Masters of Science in Finance--Seattle University
Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics (Mathematics Minor)--Xavier University

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

-Explore careers in Finance and Investments
-Discuss career development and challenges
-Encourage student directed topics

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Zoom meetings only- Misty is located out of state