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IPERS Staff

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.

CEO 

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 is the Chief Benefits Officer and leads the Benefits Division, IPERS’ largest team with nearly 30 employees. Staff in the Benefits Division are on the front lines serving members, retirees, beneficiaries and employers. They provide counseling about IPERS’ retirement benefits at in-person appointments, via telephone and internet, and at group presentations held around Iowa. The Benefits Division’s Employer Relations team supports and assists IPERS employers.

Investment Division

Chief Investment Officer Karl C. Koch, CFA, leads IPERS’ team of investment professionals, most of whom have earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In partnership with IPERS’ investment consultants, Koch and his team advise the IPERS Investment Board on asset allocation, investment policies and strategies, and the selection of investment managers. Staff in the Investment Division conduct due diligence on investment managers, negotiate and manage detailed contracts that direct the activities of investment managers and related vendors, perform risk management and cash management, and monitor the performance of IPERS’ multibillion-dollar 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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