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We are proud of the people who work together as a team at IPERS. We’re a group who share one vision, a strong work ethic, and the desire to serve our members. For years, CEM Benchmarking has found IPERS to be highly rated in service and low in cost.


At the helm since 2003 is Donna M. Mueller. By law, the CEO is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Iowa Senate for a four-year term. Donna was most recently reconfirmed on April 11, 2016. Iowa law requires the CEO to have high credentials and experience in pension and investment administration. She received her Juris Doctor in law from Washington and Lee University and is also a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University. Her commitment to long-term financial health for IPERS is evident in her work with legislators and members. As CEO, she oversees actuarial services, general counsel, internal auditing, and public information, as well as the organization as a whole.

Benefits Division

David Martin, chief benefits officer, heads up the largest team of our organization. IPERS' Benefits staff is on the front lines serving members, retirees, beneficiaries, and employers. They educate members about benefits, counsel members about when to retire and answers hundreds of questions. The Benefits division also has an Employers Relations team that helps our participating employers comply with IPERS’ rules. Another team within Benefits specializes in helping Special Service (public safety) members, whose benefits differ from those offered to most IPERS members. Group presentations, individual counseling, and specialized compliance training all come from our Benefits division.

Investment Division

Led by Karl C. Koch, chief investment officer, most of IPERS' investment professionals have earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Staff, working with IPERS’ investment consultants, advises the IPERS Investment Board on asset allocation, investment policies and strategies, and contractor selection. They negotiate and manage detailed contracts that direct the activities of the investment managers and monitor the performance of IPERS’ investment portfolio.

Financial Division

The Financial division provides accounting, facilities management, human resources, office support and purchasing functions. Darla Iverson, IPERS' chief financial officer, integrates her team with all areas of the organization. She is also responsible for publishing IPERS' Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which has received a Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association for more than two decades.

Information Management Division

The Information Management division provides data management and information technology services for the entire organization. Headed up by Rick Hindman, chief information officer, Information Management ensures that all hard-copy and electronic records are safe and secure, and that IPERS computer systems are secure and up to date.

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