LEADERS IN INNOVATION AND

PERFORMANCE

OUR LEADERSHIP

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation has assembled an experienced, knowledgeable, and diverse executive team to ensure that APFC’s strategic directives are developed and implemented in accordance with our mission and vision. APFC’s executive team is unified in their commitment to promoting and adhering to the principles of transparency, accountability and prudent investment practices in the management of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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ANGELA M. RODELL | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Angela M. Rodell serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, having been selected in October of 2015 by the Corporation’s Board of Trustees. As the CEO, Ms. Rodell is leading the Corporation at a pivotal time in history as it continues to emerge as a revenue generating center for the State of Alaska.

Angela also served on APFC’s Board of Trustees as a cabinet member, having been appointed Commissioner of the Department of Revenue in August 2013 by Governor Sean Parnell. In addition to serving as a Trustee, Commissioner Rodell enjoyed the oversight role in working with the divisions and 900 employees within Revenue, and participated as a member of several boards, including the Alaska Retirement Management Board, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Board, the Alaska State Bond Committee and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, among others.

Ms. Rodell first joined the State of Alaska in September, 2011, as State Treasurer and Deputy Commissioner over Revenue's Treasury Division, Permanent Fund Dividend Division and the Child Support Services Division. Formerly, she served as financial advisor to more than $30 billion of transactions for state and state authorities in more than nine states, including Alaska. Transactions included general obligation, pension obligation, public power, tobacco securitization, affordable housing, and toll road and transportation financing. Prior to becoming a financial advisor, Angela served as the finance officer to Kentucky Housing Corporation.

Ms. Rodell has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

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RUSSELL READ, CFA, PH.D. | CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

Russell Read serves as Chief Investment Officer of the Alaska Permanent Fund, leading the investment efforts associated with the State of Alaska’s sovereign wealth. Until recently, Dr. Read was Chief Investment Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of the Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), a unique regional development institutional investor owned equally by the six GCC countries of the Arabian Peninsula and headquartered in Kuwait City. During his leadership tenure at GIC, he played a central role in re-establishing the Mission effectiveness of the organization, substantially improving its profitability, and attracting country-level investment partnerships from Japan, Korea, and Germany into the Gulf region, thereby also enhancing GIC’s credit rating three-notches from BBB (Baa2) to A (A2).

Prior to his work at GIC, Russell was Chief Investment Officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), North America’s largest pension system where he internationalized the portfolio and developed their new programs in infrastructure, commodities, forestland, and sustainable technology investments. Prior to CalPERS, he was Deputy CIO for Scudder Investments/Deutsche(bank) Asset Management, and Director of Investment Product Design, Commodities, and Quantitative Strategies for Oppenheimer Funds in New York City where he designed and managed the first commodities-based mutual fund (the Oppenheimer Real Asset Fund) and related institutional products.

Russell has been a resource for regulatory agencies internationally, state governments, the US Congress, and the US Senate for over two decades and served as Chairman of the Investors’ Committee of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets under Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. He was named as one of America’s 30 most influential players in business and finance by SmartMoney (November 2007) and #35 on Institutional Investor’s list of the 75 most effective chief executives.

Dr. Read received his undergraduate degree in Statistics and his MBA in Finance and International Business both from the University of Chicago and his masters in Economics and doctorate in Political Economy from Stanford University. His doctoral work The Politics and Policies of National Economic Growth focused on the particular economic roles of natural resources in economic development. He has taught graduate-level courses at the University of California at Davis, the University of Maine, and Stanford University as well as being a guest lecturer/class instructor at Columbia University, New York University, and the University of California at Berkeley.

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VALERIE MERTZ, CPA | CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Valerie Mertz is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Alaska Permanent Fund. As CFO, Ms. Mertz oversees the portfolio and corporate accounting functions; financial, performance and compliance reporting; middle office trade support; and the custodial relationships for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation.

Valerie first joined APFC in 1993 from the Audit Division of Arthur Andersen. In 2002, she left the corporation to open her own business which provided accounting and controller-consulting services to non-profits and small businesses in Juneau. She returned to APFC in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer.

Ms. Mertz holds a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a minor in Economics from New Mexico State University. She has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Alaska since 1995.

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ROBIN MASON | CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Robin Mason is the Chief Technology Officer for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. Robin is responsible for APFC’s InfoTech team implementing current virtualization, security, and telecommunications strategies. Robin is focused on the long-term technology vision to support APFC’s implementation of our strategic plan and deliverables.

Robin joined APFC’s team in 2015 from the private sector where she worked for Resource Data Inc. as a contractor. Prior to this Robin worked in Information Technology for VLSI later Philips Semi-Conductor and NXP in Phoenix, AZ and San Jose, CA, specializing in LAN/WAN technology and management.

Ms. Mason holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Northern Arizona University. She is a licensed Microsoft MCSE and holds many Information Technology trade certifications.

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CHRIS POAG | GENERAL COUNSEL

Chris Poag serves as General Counsel for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. Chris joined APFC in 2014 from the State of Alaska Department of Law where he had been providing legal advice since 2004 to various state agencies, including the Department of Revenue and the Office of the Governor.

Mr. Poag graduating from Wayne State University Law School in 1997 and moved to Ketchikan, Alaska for a clerkship with Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson. After quickly falling in love with Alaska, Chris passed the Alaska Bar Exam and joined a small law firm in Ketchikan where he was a criminal defense lawyer and contract public defender. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, and skiing with his family are his passions when he is not practicing law.