State Treasurer Janet Cowell
As a member of the North Carolina Senate prior to serving as State Treasurer, Janet Cowell protected pensions, raised teacher pay and made education more affordable for North Carolina families. Cowell earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and worked as a financial analyst with HSBC Bank and Lehman Brothers before making her home in North Carolina. As State Treasurer, Cowell is the sole fiduciary of approximately $60 billion in state pension assets. These assets fund the retirement of 820,000 public servants. The Pew Center for the State consistently cites North Carolina as having one of the best pension funds in the United States. Cowell also chairs the State Banking Commission and serves on the State Boards of Education and Community Colleges.