Janet Cowell is North Carolina’s popularly elected Treasurer and is the first woman to hold the office. She was first elected to the post in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. Treasurer Cowell is focused on keeping North Carolina fiscally strong and promoting innovation and education as keys to the state’s economy. She oversees $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 second most solid in the nation. Under Treasurer 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 twice named one of the top 25 public pension executives in the world by Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. She is a Wharton School of Business alumna.