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About Us

What We Do

The Nebraska Investment Council manages $23 billion across 33 investment programs:

  • $10.6 billion in 5 defined benefit pension plans
  • $2.9 billion in 7 other retirement plans
  • $1.2 billion in 11 public endowments
  • $3.8 billion in the Operating Investment Pool, the State's checkbook, managed internally
  • $294.4 million in State funds managed by the University of Nebraska Foundation
  • $76 million in 3 State trusts
  • $5.2 billion in 5 savings plans

The funds are spread among 58 investment firms and over 150 investments.

Nebraska Investment Council Group Photo
Back Row (left to right): State Investment Officer Michael Walden-Newman, John Conley, Dr. Richard DeFusco, John Dinkel,
Don Stenberg, and Keith Olson
Front Row (left to right): Phyllis Chambers, Chair Gail Werner-Robertson, and Cecelia M. Carter

Council Members

Gail Werner-Robertson, Council Chairwoman
President
GWR Wealth Management, LLC
Omaha, NE
Term: 2014 - 2018

John H. Conley, CFA
Senior Vice President
D.A. Davidson Co.
Omaha, NE
Term: 2017 - 2021

Dr. Richard A. DeFusco, Ph.D., CFA
Professor of Finance
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Lincoln, NE
Term: 2017 - 2021

John M. Dinkel
President
Dinkel Implement Co.
Norfolk, NE
Term: 2015 - 2019

Keith A. Olson, CFA
Professor of Economics & Finance
Creighton University - Heider
Omaha, NE
Term: 2016 - 2020

Don Stenberg
Nebraska State Treasurer
Lincoln, NE
Ex Officio (non-voting)
 

Randy Gerke
NPERS Director
Lincoln, NE
Ex Officio (non-voting)
 

Cecelia M. Carter
OSERS Director
Omaha, NE
Ex Officio (non-voting)

Nebraska Investment Investment Team Group Photo
Back Row (left to right): Joseph Jurich, Jennifer Hatfield, Marla Bush, Jeremiah Garber, Chris Sanders, and JoLynn Winkler
Front Row (left to right): Kathy Dawes, Joe Spitznagel, Joyce Schlautman, and Michael Walden-Newman

Investment Team

Michael Walden-Newman
State Investment Officer

Marla Bush
Office Clerk & Receptionist

Kathy Dawes
Business Manager

Jeremiah Garber, CFA
Portfolio Manager

Jennifer Hatfield
Accountant

Joseph P. Jurich
Deputy State Investment Officer

Chris Sanders
Securities Analyst

Joyce Schlautman
Internal Auditor

Joe Spitznagel
Portfolio Manager

JoLynn Winkler, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager