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 APFC’s Board of Trustees.  As the CEO, Ms. Rodell is leading APFC at a pivotal time in history as it continues to emerge as a revenue generating center for the State of Alaska.   

Since becoming the CEO, the Fund has grown by more than 23%.  The Corporation has added 13 new positions, building up its internal management capacity.  In addition, the Fund has won numerous awards including North American Private Equity Institutional Limited Partner of the Year for 2017 from Private Equity International, along with Institutional Investor’s 2017 Sovereign Wealth Fund of the Year for Hedge Fund Investments.

Ms. Rodell previously served on APFC’s Board of Trustees as a cabinet member, having been appointed Commissioner of the Department of Revenue in August of 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.

Angela Rodell currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds, member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Alaska Community Foundation and board member to the Juneau International Airport.  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.

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MARCUS FRAMPTON, CFA, CAIA, FRM | CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

Marcus Frampton, CFA, CAIA serves as the Chief Investment Officer of the Alaska Permanent Fund. Mr. Frampton has been with APFC since 2012 and served as the Director of Investments, Real Assets & Absolute Return.

Prior to joining APFC, Marcus held diverse roles ranging from investment banking with Lehman Brothers, private equity investing with PCG Capital Partners, and as an executive with LPL Financial, a private equity backed portfolio company.

Mr. Frampton holds a BA in Business-Economics with a minor in Accounting from UCLA.

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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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SEBASTIAN VADAKUMCHERRY | CHIEF RISK & COMPLIANCE OFFICER

Sebastian Vadakumcherry serves as the Chief Risk & Compliance Officer for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation.  Sebastian joined APFC in 2018. 

Sebastian’s financial services career spans over two decades, most of which was with Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), Kuwait.  As the Head of Risk Management Division at GIC, he played a key role in setting up the risk management function and developing an overall ERM framework.

Mr. Vadakumcherry holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Texas A&M University, Texas.

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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.