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Rodrigo Garcia

2019 NIPF Sessions

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Rodrigo Garcia
Deputy State Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer, Illinois Office of the Treasurer

Rodrigo Garcia is deputy state treasurer and chief investment officer for Illinois State Treasurer MichaelW. Frerichs. In this role, he directs the treasury’s combined $32 billion investment portfolio, $300 billionin related banking operations and financial services, and a ~$4 billion agency budget and financialreporting unit. From leveraging impact investments to integrating sustainability factors into portfolios topromoting equity, diversity & inclusion, he aims to maximize investment returns and bolster the Illinoismacro and micro economy.

Rodrigo was previously the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and a member of theIllinois Cabinet, and has also worked for Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. and the Federal Reserve Bank ofChicago. Rodrigo holds an undergraduate degree with a major in finance from Northeastern IllinoisUniversity, two post-graduate degrees, one with a focus in finance from the University of Illinois and onewith a focus in public policy from Northwestern University, and has also completed a senior executivesprogram at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP®), anAccredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), and holds SASB’s FSA credential.

Rodrigo serves on the executive committee and chairs the investment committee for NortheasternIllinois University Foundation, serves on the investment committee for the Youth Guidance/Becoming aMan endowment, serves on the board of directors for The Thirty Percent Coalition and is the chairmanemeritus of Student Veterans of America. He is also a Marshall Memorial Fellow, an ACPYL Fellow, aChicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader, a U.S./Mexico Leaders Fellow, a Truman Partner andan Atlantic Council Millennium Leadership Fellow. He has also been named one of the "Top 100 under50" Executive Leaders by Diversity MBA Magazine and was recognized as a "Rising Star" by the NationalSociety of Hispanic MBA's. Rodrigo is a Fellow of the 2019 class of the Aspen Global Finance LeadersFellowship of and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

He is an avid entrepreneur, a successful financier, and an angel investor.