Former Treasurer of North Carolina
Janet Cowell is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Girls Who Invest, and is the former Treasurer of North Carolina, the first woman to hold the office. She was first elected to the post in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. Cowell oversees more than $90 billion in pension investments for the more than 900,000 teachers, firefighters, and public employees in North Carolina. As Treasurer, she manages the 32nd largest public pension in the world and the third most solid in the nation.
Under Cowell’s executive leadership, North Carolina is one of only ten states in the country to earn a AAA bond rating by all three rating agencies. Treasurer Cowell was recently named one of the top 25 public pension executives in the world by Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute.