OST is led by the State Treasurer, a constitutional officer and statewide elected official. The Treasurer serves as the chief financial officer for the state and is responsible for the prudent financial management of state money. The Treasurer serves a four-year term, and, if reelected, may hold the position for two terms. The current State Treasurer is Tobias Read, who was sworn into office in January 2017.
OST is a highly sophisticated organization with a wide range of financial responsibilities, including managing the state’s pension fund, issuing all state debt, and serving as the central bank for state agencies. OST manages the daily investment of approximately $100 billion in assets, held in a diversified investment portfolio of domestic and international equities, fixed income securities, alternative and opportunistic investments, real estate and cash. OST also manages a banking program that processes over $250 billion in transactions annually, a debt management program responsible for issuing and monitoring approximately $10 billion in state debt, a multi-faceted 529 savings plan, and an IRA based retirement savings program for the public. The 150+ member OST staff takes great pride in their statewide and national reputation for progressive approaches to service delivery.
The Investment Division, currently comprised of 50+ individuals, is one of the five OST divisions and is responsible for managing the investment of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund (OPERF), the State Accident Insurance Fund, the Oregon Short-Term Fund, the Common School Fund and numerous other state and state agency accounts. The division also manages the investment program for the state’s deferred compensation plan, advises the Oregon 529 College Savings Board on its investment activities, and serves as staff to the Oregon Investment Council (OIC). The division oversees the actual investments, which are made by a select group of outside investment managers, as well as provides internal management capabilities for select mandates comprised of common stock, fixed income and money market securities.