ScholarShare Investment Board

The Seven-Member ScholarShare Investment Board

John Chiang

John Chiang
State Treasurer


Residence: Torrance, California.
Background: Mr. Chiang graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Finance, and received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. As State Treasurer, he oversees a bank that processes trillions of dollars in transactions every year. He sells Californiaís bonds, invests the Stateís money and manages its cash. Prior to being elected Treasurer, he served from 2007 through 2014 as State Controller. In that office, he took steps during the Great Recession to preserve cash to meet obligations to education and bond holders, worked to ensure the fiscal solvency of the Stateís pension plans, and ensured that $3.1 billion in unclaimed property was returned to the rightful owners. Prior to serving as Controller, he was elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998, where he led with innovative taxpayer-friendly services such as the State's free income tax return preparation service, ReadyReturn.

 
Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen
Director of Finance


Residence: Sacramento, California.
Background: Michael Cohen was appointed as Director of the California Department of Finance by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2013. He serves as the Governorís chief fiscal policy advisor. Prior to becoming Director, he served as Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Finance from 2011 to 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Cohen was the departmentís lead contact with the state Legislature on the state budget. From 1997 to 2010, Mr. Cohen worked at the Legislative Analystís Office (LAO). While there, he served as a local government finance analyst, Director of State Administration, and Deputy Legislative Analyst. Mr. Cohen earned a Masterís Degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas and a Bachelorís Degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University. He lives in Sacramento with his wife Amy Supinger and his two dogs, Lulu and Dexter.

 

Karen Stapf Walters (no photo available)
Executive Director, State Board of Education

Residence: Sacramento
Background: Ms. Stapf Walters has been appointed education policy advisor to the Governor and executive director of the State Board of Education. She served as interim executive director of the Association of California School Administrators since 2012, assistant executive director of governmental relations since 2003 and was an advocate from 1999 to 2003. Ms. Stapf Walters was director of the Education Seminar Programs for the Institute for Fiduciary Education from 1996 to 1998. She was a California Senate Fellow from 1990 to 1991 and continued to serve as a committee consultant and senior staff from 1991 until 1996. She earned a social studies teaching credential and taught in both middle and high schools in California and Ohio from 1979 to 1990.

 
Rhonda Johnson

Rhonda Johnson
Senate Rules Committee Appointee


Residence: Hayward, California
Background: Rhonda Johnson has served as Executive Director of Financial Aid at California State University, East Bay since 2002. Her financial aid career began in 1988 when she enrolled at East Bay as an undergraduate student in Liberal Studies. Her passion for assisting students in financing their educations has lead to a twenty-three year career in student financial aid. Financial Aid assists more than forty percent of East Bay students in gaining access to higher education. She has been honored by the City of Hayward for her work in raising community awareness of college funding resources. Prior to her entry into education financing, Ms. Johnson served as a compensation specialist in the private business sector.

 
Hal Geiogue

Hal Geiogue
Governor Appointee, California Student Aid Commission Representative


Residence: Sacramento
Background: Mr. Geiogue is a member of the Student Aid Commission. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Arts degree in Government from the California State University, Sacramento. He retired from the California Legislatureís Assembly Education Committee in 2002 where he served for eight years as the Chief Consultant. Previously in 1991 Mr. Geiogue was appointed Assistant State Treasurer by Treasurer Kathleen Brown. Representing the Treasurer, he chaired the California Education Facilities Authority, the California Student Loan Authority, the California Health Facilities Authority, numerous bond committees and was a member of the Public Works Board. Mr. Geiogue also served for fifteen years as Director of Education in the Office of Legislative Analyst where he directed a staff of nonpartisan professionals who were responsible for the program and fiscal review of K 12 education and postsecondary education institutions and programs in California.

 

Christopher Jennings (no photo available)
Speaker Appointee

Residence: Altadena, California
Background: Mr. Jennings has been active in the student financial aid profession and community since 1986. He has served on committees with the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators and the California Association of School Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA), and served as the proprietary school representative for CASFAA in 1995. He has also served on committees with EDFund and California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). In his time in financial aid he has worked to help students to find the financial means to attend college at non-profit and for-profit institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Since 2002, he has been the Director of Financial Aid at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

 
Paul Martin

Paul Martin
Governor Appointee, Member at Large

Residence: Marina del Rey, California
Background: Paul Martin has served as senior vice president and chief diversity officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment since 2014, where he was vice president of global recruitment and inclusion from 2008 to 2014. He was vice president of worldwide recruitment at Warner Bros. from 2006 to 2008, where he held several positions from 2003 to 2006, including manager of recruitment, director of recruitment and executive director of worldwide recruitment operations. Martin was a human resources manager at LRN, The Legal Knowledge Company from 2000 to 2003, a recruiting consultant at Johnson and Johnson from 1996 to 1997 and an executive recruiter at Merrill Lynch from 1993 to 1996. He is a member of the PromaxBDA Board of Directors and the Hollywood Cinema Productions Resources Board of Directors. Martin earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.