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Brian J. Bartow

California State Teachers Retirement System
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
West Sacramento, CA, USA

Brian J. Bartow is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), the largest educator-only pension fund in the world.  As of July 31, 2017, CalSTRS had assets of approximately $213.5 billion and a membership of over 900,000.  As General Counsel, Mr. Bartow is legal counsel to the Teachers’ Retirement Board and heads CalSTRS’ Legal Services Division, as well as its Office of Ethics and Compliance, Information Security Office, Enterprise Information Management Program and Enterprise Compliance Program. Mr. Bartow also serves as CalSTRS’ Chief Compliance Officer.

Mr. Bartow is a member of the California State Bar, the American Bar Association, the National Society of Compliance Professionals and the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys where he chairs the Cyber Security Committee.  Mr. Bartow serves on the Advisory Board for Institutional Investors Forums, is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).  Mr. Bartow has served as an Adjunct Professor for Cyber Security Law at Elon University School of Law.

Mr. Bartow received his Juris Doctorate from Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall School of Law, University of California at Davis and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Riverside and an associate’s degree in nursing from Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. He is a veteran of the United States Army Military Police Corps.


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