Anne Simpson

Managing Investment Director, Board Governance & Sustainability


Anne is CalPERS’ managing investment director for board governance & sustainability, responsible for strategic initiatives across the total fund where she is a member of the Investment Management Committee and reports to the CEO. Anne leads CalPERS’ Sustainable Investment Strategy, which focuses on long term value creation through the effective management of three forms of capital: financial, human, and natural.

Anne currently chairs the Steering Committee and Asia Advisory Group for Climate Action 100+, a global investor alliance of over $55 trillion which CalPERS convened and co-founded. She is a member of the California Governor's Climate Risk Disclosure Advisory Group and the Advisory Council of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF). Anne was recently appointed to the board of Ceres and is a lecturer in Sustainable and Impact Finance at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas Business School, and a visiting fellow at Oxford University, appointed by the Chancellor.
Anne is the coauthor of “The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Achieving Sustainability” (Palgrave MacMillan 2019) with Satyajit Bose and Dong Guo; “Fair Shares: The Future of Shareholder Power and Responsibility” with Jonathan Charkham (Oxford University Press 1999) and “The Greening of Global Investment: How the Environment, Ethics, and Politics are Reshaping Strategies” (The Economist Publications 1991). She is an editorial board member of the journal Directors & Boards.
She sits on the strategy group for the UN Secretary General’s Global Investors for Sustainable Development, and steering committee for the UN Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance. Anne is a member of the Leadership Council at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
Anne was recognized in 2019 by TIME Magazine as one of 15 women globally leading the fight on climate change and as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in US Finance by Barron’s in 2020. She is cited by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 100 most influential leaders in the boardroom.

In roles prior to joining CalPERS, Anne served as the first executive director of the International Corporate Governance Network, and as the head of the World Bank-OECD Global Corporate Governance Forum. Previously she was Joint Managing Director of Pensions & Investment Research Consultants Ltd. Anne was formerly senior faculty fellow and lecturer at the Yale School of Management, where she taught with Ira Millstein on ‘The Role of the Corporation in Society’.
Anne read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University, where she was awarded a BA and MA, plus a Slater Fellowship at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.