Tom Torlakson

State Superintendent of Public Instruction at California Department of Education

Tom Torlakson

Tom Torlakson

State Superintendent of Public Instruction at California Department of Education

Overview
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1442

Primary Location

Pittsburg, CA

Number of Boards

7

Birthday

07/19/1949 - San Francisco, CA, United States

Age

71

Number of Awards

1

Interests

Cycling, Triathlons, Fitness

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Representative from the 78th Assembly District at California State Assembly

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Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction at California Department of Education

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Former Governor of California

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Governor at California Office of the Governor, Gavin Newsom

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President at ECMC Foundation

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Speaker Emeritus at California State Assembly

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High School Teacher at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (California)

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Former Chair, Teachers' Retirement Board at California Public Employees Retirement System

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President, American Federation of Teachers, Local 1521 Chapter at Los Angeles City College

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Former Member, Teachers' Retirement Board at California Public Employees Retirement System

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Tom Torlakson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction at California Department of Education
Education
BA in History
Class of 1971

University of California Berkeley National rankings: In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide. Faculty awards and honors: There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. History of UC Berkeley: Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions. Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars. Traditions of Cal: Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? Tours and webcams: Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills. Chancellor and administration: Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included. UC System overview and links: On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

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Member
Prior

THE CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION EXISTS TO PROTECT AND PROMOTE THE WELL-BEING OF ITS MEMBERS; TO IMPROVE THE CONDITIONS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING; TO ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF FREE, UNIVERSAL, AND QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION; TO ENSURE THAT THE HUMAN DIGNITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS OF ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH ARE PROTECTED; AND TO SECURE A MORE JUST, EQUITABLE, AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY.

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Career History
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
2011 - Current
Member, Teachers' Retirement Board
Prior

CalPERS’ assets are managed by the CalPERS Board of Administration. CalPERS invests across a range of asset classes including global equity, private equity, fixed-income, real estate, infrastructure, forest land, inflation-linked bonds, liquidity and trust level. Strategies are managed both internally and through external managers. CalPERS' Global Equity Strategy is responsible for CalPERS investments in securities traded in global public equity markets, including in-house management of index-oriented and active strategies, externally managed active strategies, the Multi-Asset Class Partners Program, and active strategies run by emerging managers (Global Equity Emerging Manager Program). Global Equity is the principal asset class providing growth exposure in the strategic asset allocation. CalPERS Income Strategy primarily consists of US and international fixed income strategies. CalPERS' inflation-linked asset class is made up of two main asset types: commodities (including commodity futures, forwards, swaps, structured notes, and options) and inflation-linked bonds. Forestland investments are long-term investments. The return drivers include biological growth, timber prices, and land values. Forestland targets investments within the timber and agriculture sectors. CalPERS' Liquidity Strategy consists of highly liquid short-term securities with maturities of less than 10 years. Real Estate strategy focuses on US core assets with moderate leverage. CalPERS' Trust Level Portfolio Management Program (TLPM) is responsible for delivering targeted, risk-adjusted, total fund level investment returns over the long-term, anchored by the belief that strategic asset allocation is the dominant determinant of portfolio risk and return.

Boards & Committees
Ex Officio Member, Board of Regents
Current

The University of California, San Diego (also referred to as UC San Diego or UCSD) is a public research university located in La Jolla, California, United States. Established in 1960 near the pre-existing Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD is the seventh oldest of the 10 University of California campuses and offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UCSD is one of America's Public Ivy universities, which recognizes top public research universities in the United States.

Ex Officio Member, Board of Trustees
Current

California State University, Long Beach (also known as Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach State, CSULB, LBSU, or The Beach) is the second largest campus of the 23 school California State University system (CSU) and one of the largest universities in the state of California by enrollment, its student body numbering 36,279 for the Fall 2012 semester.

Ex Officio Member, Board of Trustees
Prior - 2019

The California State University (Cal State or CSU) is a public university system in California. With 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers enrolling 484,300 students with 26,858 faculty and 25,305 staff, CSU is the largest four-year public university system in the United States. It is one of three public higher education systems in the state, with the other two being the University of California system and the California Community Colleges System. The CSU System is incorporated as The Trustees of the California State University. The California State University system headquarters are at 401 Golden Shore in Long Beach, California.

Vice Chair, Board Governance Committee
Prior - 2019

CalSTRS is administered by a 12-member Teachers' Retirement Board. The objectives of the firm’s investment committee are set forth in the California Constitution and the California Education Code. The Teachers Retirement Fund is a special trust fund established by law that holds the assets of the following programs: Defined Benefit, Defined Benefit Supplement and Cash Balance Benefit. The assets come from contributions by members, employing school districts and the State of California. The funds investments create a stream of income to add to those assets. The CalSTRS portfolio has broadly diversified holdings in seven categories: Global Equity, Fixed Income, Real Estate, Private Equity, Cash, Inflation Sensitive and Overlay. CalSTRS often engages in shareholder activism.

Member, Board of Supervisors
1981 - 1996
Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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2009

The UC Santa Cruz Foundation is a not-for-profit, public-benefit corporation organized in 1974 to raise and manage private support for UC Santa Cruz. Working in close partnership with UCSC’s chancellor, administration, faculty and staff, the Foundation Board shares the university’s vision of academic excellence and its commitment to public service.

N/A
2009

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has earned international distinction as a university with high-impact research and an uncommon commitment to teaching and public service. A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are also central to UCSC's core values.

Political Donations
Awards & Honors
Vietnam Service Medal
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