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David B. Wescoe
Chief Executive Officer

David B. Wescoe became SDCERA's Chief Executive Officer in September 2015, after being appointed Interim CEO in April 2015. Prior to joining SDCERA, Wescoe held senior positions with public and private organizations and has an extensive background in law, finance and investment management.

Wescoe began his career as a corporate finance lawyer with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City and then served as Counsel to Commissioners Bevis Longstreth and James C. Treadway, Jr. of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington. After a stint as a partner in private law practice specializing in corporate and securities law, he served as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for NYSE-listed companies and as President and CEO of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, the broker-dealer subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual and one of the largest independent broker-dealers in the United States.

After moving to San Diego, Wescoe served as the CEO of the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System (SDCERS). While in this role, Wescoe received the "Most Admired Government Agency CEO Award" from the San Diego Business Journal, and the San Diego City Council declared March 9, 2010 "David B. Wescoe Day" "in appreciation of [Mr. Wescoe's] willingness and tremendous efforts to restore the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System's operational integrity and credibility." SDCERS' Board Chair praised Wescoe, who "walked into an organization under assault from all sides; a group that had experienced indictments, the death of a key member, and critics all around. He took charge of this organization, created a strong management team, and filled it with qualified staff that came together to completely turn this organization around. I challenge anyone to name a governmental organization, or public company for the matter, that has accomplished such a turnaround." The City of San Diego Retired Employees' Association recognized Wescoe with its Outstanding Contribution Award for his contribution to the well-being of retirees: "[Your] efforts deserve much credit for restoring the reputation of SDCERS and the reputation of all members of the System."

Following his service at SDCERS, Wescoe became the chief executive of the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans in Studio City, California. In this position, Wescoe was responsible for the retirement and health benefits for more than 120,000 participants in the motion picture industry. Wescoe returned to San Diego to become President of Efficient Market Advisors, an investment advisory firm now a part of Cantor Fitzgerald.

Wescoe is a frequent speaker on financial and pension topics and has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and Governing Magazine. He also testified before California's Commission on Public Employee Post-Employment Benefits.

Wescoe has volunteered for many philanthropic and non-profit educational and arts organizations, including Wescoe serving as the Board Chair of the University of Kansas Alumni Association, a Trustee of Trinity School in New York City and the Milwaukee Art Museum, and a Director of La Jolla Music Society.

A native Kansan, Wescoe holds a B.A. from University of Kansas and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.