State Investment Board (SIB)

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The State Investment Board (SIB) has statutory responsibility for the administration of the investment program of several funds including the Teachers' Fund for Retirement, the Public Employees Retirement System, the Workforce Safety & Insurance Fund and the Legacy Fund. The SIB also maintains contractual relationships for investment management with certain political subdivisions. This web page was created to provide a centralized location to view SIB board members, board meeting information and governance.

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Overview

The State Investment Board (SIB) is established in Chapter 21-10 of the North Dakota Century Code (NDCC)

The SIB has statutory responsibility for the administration of the investment programs of several funds including the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), The Teachers' Fund for Retirement (TFFR) and the Workforce Safety& Insurance Fund. The SIB also maintains contractual relationships for investment management with certain political subdivisions. The 11 member Board includes the Lt. Governor, State Treasurer, State Insurance Commissioner, Executive Director of Workforce Safety & Insurance, Land Commissioner, three representatives of PERS and three representatives of TFFR.

All funds invested under the direction of the State Investment Board (SIB) follow the 'Prudent Investor Rule.' Investments are managed exclusively in the interest of meeting the funds' individual objectives. Professional investment managers, consultants and custodians are retained to assist in the implementation of the investment program. The Retirement and Investment Office (RIO) assists the SIB in carrying out its responsibilities for investment program administration.

Investment Process

The ND State Investment Board believes that an investment program must be built and managed like any good business, with a clear statement of mission, overall objectives, roles and responsibilities, and policies and guidelines. Major issues include:

Asset allocation targets:

  • Setting appropriate benchmarks.
  • Finding the right managers.
  • Monitoring the program.
  • Searching for appropriate new opportunities.

To insure rigorous attention to all aspects of the investment program, the SIB follows an established investment process. This process involves three phases:

  • Investment policy development/modification.
  • Implementation/monitoring.
  • Evaluation.

Fundamental Investment Beliefs

Asset allocation is the primary driver of investment returns, but the prudent use of active management is an important contributor towards ensuring our clients attain their stated investment objectives. SIB clients generated $200 million of incremental income via the prudent use of active investment management for the five years ended June 30, 2020.

Strategic Investment Plan

  • Reaffirm the organizational commitment to our current governance structure including a persistent awareness to the importance of continuing board education.
  • Enhance transparency and understanding of our core goals and beliefs.
    • Remain steadfast in our commitment to the prudent use of active investment management.
    • Expand awareness to downside risk management which is essential to achieving our long term investment goals.
    • Given actual and projected growth of SIB client assets and the heightened public awareness of the Legacy Fund, align our investment platforms to promote greater clarity and efficiency in reporting and implementing client investment policies.
  • Expand RIO's influence and ability to create positive and sustainable change by developing relationships with existing clients, organizations and legislative leaders.
    • Enhance community outreach to build upon public awareness and confidence.
    • Develop concise presentations which highlight our overall risk, return and cost control framework including our progress towards attaining our long-term goals.
  • Heighten employee engagement by promoting an open and collaborative work environment while encouraging employee participation in staff meetings, offer more opportunities to impact RIO's change initiatives and improve overall compensation levels.
    • RIO's ability to continue to deliver strong results is dependent on the combined efforts of our highly valuable team members.
  • Enhance our existing risk management tools and processes by developing a more robust risk management framework utilizing proven risk management solutions with a focus on portfolio construction and downside risk management (or "stress test" scenarios).
    • A robust risk management framework provides a foundation to understand downside risks and our ability to withstand market corrections in varying stress test scenarios.
  • Evaluate and expand the efficient use of technology in our investment program activity including risk management, compliance monitoring, client satisfaction surveys, website design and communications in order to increase overall efficiency and effectiveness.
Board Members
Brent Sanford

Brent Sanford,Chair, Lt. Governor

Lt. Governor Brent Sanford has been an ex officio member of the SIB since December 15, 2016. On January 27, 2017, the SIB elected him to serve as Chair. His current term in office extends to 2020. A Watford City native and third generation business owner, Lt. Governor Sanford served as mayor of his hometown from 2010 to 2016 and as a city councilman the prior 4 years.

Dr. Rob Lech Dr. Rob Lech, Vice Chair, TFFR Trustee
 
Dr. Rob Lech represents TFFR on the SIB. Dr. Lech is the Superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools and represents school administrators on the TFFR Board. He was appointed to the TFFR Board in 2013 and his current term ends June 30, 2025.
Troy Seibel

Troy Seibel, Parliamentarian, PERS Trustee

Troy Seibel represents PERS on the SIB. He was appointed to the PERS Board on January 26, 2017 by the Attorney General. His current term on the PERS Board expires June 30, 2021. Mr. Seibel was appointed Chief Deputy Attorney General for North Dakota effective December 1, 2016.

Jon Godfread

Jon Godfread, State Insurance Commissioner

Commissioner Jon Godfread has been an ex officio member of the SIB since 2016. His current term in office ends December 31, 2020.

Toni Gumeringer

Toni Gumeringer, TFFR Trustee

Toni Gumeringer represents TFFR on the SIB. Mrs. Gumeringer is a teacher for Bismarck Public Schools. She was appointed to the TFFR Board in 2016 and her current term ends June 30, 2024.

Keith Kempenich

Keith Kempenich, Chair, Legacy & Budget Stabilization Fund Advisory Board

Representative Kempenich has been serving in the House of Representatives since 1993 and is a non-voting member of the SIB.

Bryan Klipfel

Bryan Klipfel, Director, Workforce Safety & Insurance

Mr. Klipfel, Workforce Safety & Insurance, is an ex officio member of the SIB.

Adam Miller

Adam Miller, PERS Trustee

Adam Miller represents PERS on the SIB. He was elected to the PERS Board in July 2017. His current term on the PERS Board expires June 30, 2022. Mr. Miller represents active state employees on the PERS Board.

Mel Olson

Mel Olson, TFFR Trustee

Mel Olson represents TFFR on the SIB. He was appointed to the TFFR Board in 2013 and has served on the SIB since 2015. He was a teacher and administrator in North Dakota for 36 years and represents retired members on the TFFR Board. His current term on the TFFR Board expires June 30, 2023.

Kelly Schmidt

Kelly Schmidt, State Treasurer

State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt has been an ex officio member of the SIB since 2005. Her current term in office ends December 31, 2020.

Jodi Smith

Jodi Smith, Land Commissioner

Commissioner Jodi Smith of the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands is an ex officio member of the SIB. She has been serving on the SIB since late-2017.

Yvonne Smith

Yvonne Smith, PERS Trustee

Yvonne Smith represents PERS on the SIB. She was elected to the PERS Board in July 2014. Her current term on the PERS Board expires June 30, 2024. Ms. Smith represents retired state employees on the PERS Board.

 

Meeting Materials
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December 2020 SIB Board Meeting (Tentative)

Friday, December 18, 2020 at 08:30 am

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January 2021 SIB Board Meeting

Friday, January 22, 2021 at 08:30 am

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February 2021 SIB Board Meeting

Friday, February 26, 2021 at 08:30 am

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March 2021 SIB Board Meeting (Tentative)

Friday, March 26, 2021 at 08:30 am

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April 2021 SIB Board Meeting

Friday, April 23, 2021 at 08:30 am

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May 2021 SIB Board Meeting

Friday, May 28, 2021 at 08:30 am

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