Commitment to Building a Brighter Future for North Carolina
Janet Cowell is North
Carolina’s popularly elected Treasurer and is the first woman to hold the
With over 20 years of
private and public-sector financial leadership, Cowell oversees more than 87 billion dollars in pension investments for the more than 900,000 teachers,
firefighters, and public employees in North Carolina. As Treasurer, she manages the 32nd
largest public pension in the world.
While many public plans are
struggling to meet financial obligations, North Carolina’s pension system is
ranked 2nd in the nation.
In 2013, Treasurer Cowell
was named one of the top 25 public pension executives in the world by Sovereign
Wealth Fund Institute, and is one of only two United States fund managers to
rank in the top 25 globally.
Under Cowell’s executive
leadership, North Carolina is one of only nine states in the country to earn a
AAA bond rating by all three rating agencies – the ultimate good housekeeping
seal of approval for fiscal strength.
North Carolina also has the most AAA-rated local governments of any
state, which keeps borrowing costs for taxpayers low for schools, roads, and
other needed infrastructure.
Cowell is a member of the
State Board of Education and a champion for improvements in education, including
financial education. Because of her
efforts, North Carolina’s Kindergarten through 12th grade students began
receiving financial education as part of their curriculum in 2012.
Recently, Cowell stepped up
to oversee the State Health Plan, ensuring access to affordable health care for
more than 675,000 North Carolina families.
The perfect spokesperson for the healthy, active lifestyles that the
Health Plan promotes – when she’s not in the office, Janet can be found
running, biking on our state’s beautiful trails, or occasionally completing
military-style endurance trainings for charity.
Cowell is a Wharton School
of Business alumna, the Chair of the State Banking Commission, and recently
chosen as an Aspen Institute Fellow.
Over the past year, she has been featured on CNBC, FOX Business,
Bloomberg TV and others for her solid fiscal leadership, and for North
Carolina’s unique financial successes among the national picture.
Now in her 10th year of elected office, and with the nation facing unprecedented economic challenges, Cowell continues the conservative debt management practices and solid economic development policies that keep North Carolina in secure financial standing.
She is proud to serve the citizens of North Carolina as State Treasurer and remains committed to working each day to build and maintain a fiscally strong and prosperous North Carolina, and a brighter future for all who call North Carolina home.
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