Rodrigo Garcia

Rodrigo Garcia

Former Dep State Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer for IL State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program

Rodrigo Garcia is the former deputy state treasurer and chief investment officer for Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs.

Rodrigo Garcia, CTP®, AIF® is the former deputy state treasurer and chief investment officer for the Illinois State Treasurer. Serving in that role from 2015 to 2021, he directed the Illinois treasury’s combined $44 billion investment portfolios, $275 billion in related banking operations and financial activities, and a $3.2 billion agency budget and financial reporting unit.  He is a frequent speaker and contributor on topics such as financial innovation, investment stewardship, the financial markets, corporate governance, inclusive capitalism, sustainable finance/ESG, development finance, impact investing, public policy, leadership, and diversity & inclusion. He is an Adjunct Professor in Public Finance at Northwestern University, an Aspen Global Finance Fellow and a recent TEDx speaker. He also is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP®), an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), and holds SASB’s FSA credential.

 Rodrigo also held roles for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. and has served as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and as a member of the Illinois Cabinet. Rodrigo holds an undergraduate degree with a major in finance from Northeastern Illinois University, two post-graduate degrees, one with a focus in finance from the University of Illinois and one with a focus in public policy from Northwestern University and has also completed a senior executives program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

 Rodrigo chairs the investment selection committee at Angeles Investors, chairs the investment committee for the endowment at Northeastern Illinois University, and serves on the investment committee for the endowment at Leadership Greater Chicago. He previously served as the treasurer on the board of directors for the Thirty Percent Investor Coalition, on the investment committee for the endowment at Youth Guidance/Becoming a Man and is the chairman emeritus of Student Veterans of America. He also serves on the advisory councils for the Private Directors Association, the Milken Institute’s Global Capital Markets group and the Aspen Institute’s Latinos in Society program.