Staff

Johara Farhadieh

Executive Director/Chief Investment Officer

Johara Farhadieh

Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer

Johara Farhadieh serves as the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Illinois State Board of Investment (ISBI), where she has dedicated over 13 years of her career. She oversees a $20.0 billion defined benefit fund and a $5.0 billion defined contribution plan on behalf of 156,000 beneficiaries. In her leadership position, Mrs. Farhadieh is responsible for overseeing all investment operations, managing and executing ISBI’s investment policies, and assisting the Trustees in the strategic direction of ISBI. In addition, Mrs. Farhadieh leads the continued effort of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within ISBI.

 

Under Mrs. Farhadieh’s leadership, ISBI has developed into one of the nation’s leading pension funds, with key accomplishments including the restructuring of the defined benefit fund and a full re‐enrollment of the defined contribution plan. Most recently, the American Investment Council ranked ISBI’s private equity portfolio performance first among public pension funds for the ten years ending June 30, 2019.

 

Mrs. Farhadieh continues to be recognized as a thought leader on institutional investing as well as a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the financial industry. Most recently she was recognized by Trusted Insight as a 2020 All-Star Chief Investment Officer. In addition, she was named to Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 list for 2018.

 

Mrs. Farhadieh received her Master of Business Administration with honors from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from DePaul University College of Commerce.

Dipesh Mehta

Deputy Executive Director/General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer

Dipesh Mehta

Deputy Executive Director, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer

Dipesh Mehta serves as the Deputy Executive Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at the Illinois State Board of Investment. In this position, Mr. Mehta is responsible for overseeing ISBI’s legal matters, providing a wide range of legal advice/opinions to the ED/CIO regarding investment matters and compliance with federal and state laws, as well as serving as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of ISBI.

 

Prior to joining ISBI in 2018, Mr. Mehta advised a broad array of venture capital, private equity and start‐up firms with an acute focus on deal sourcing, legal structure, and valuations. Mr. Mehta also previously held positions at Sterling Partners, Chapman and Cutler LLP, and Aon Corporation.

 

Mr. Mehta received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he served as the Executive Editor of the Consumer Law Review and was a Rose Marie Russo Scholarship recipient. Prior to law school and under a Damen Scholarship, he earned his B.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.

Jansen Hein

Director of Operations, Accounting and Audit

Jansen Hein

Director of Operations, Accounting, and Audit

Jansen Hein serves as ISBI’s Director of Operations, Accounting, and Audit, a continuation of his entire career spent in the financial services industry. In his Director role, Jansen oversees ISBI’s in-house business operations, defined benefit plan portfolio custody operations, back office finance and accounting processes, and related internal and external reporting efforts. Jansen’s 8.5 years in public accounting and finance transformation advisory services at EY prior to joining ISBI positions him to optimize operating efficiency while ensuring compliance with necessary accounting and operating requirements.

 

His passion for capital markets and wealth management extends beyond Jansen’s ISBI role, as he serves on HOPE International’s regional board and participates in other international business development investment ecosystem activities.

 

Jansen obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Messiah College and continues to hold an active CPA license in the State of Illinois.

Scott Richards

Senior Investment Officer – Private Markets

Scott Richards

Senior Investment Officer – Private Markets

Genette Bacon-Cordova

Portfolio Officer for Financial Reporting and Accounting

Genette Bacon-Cordova

Portfolio Officer for Financial Reporting and Accounting

Mary Cahill

Business Operations and Government Affairs Analyst

Mary Cahill

Business Operations and Government Affairs Analyst

Maryann Hong

Associate General Counsel and Investment Compliance Officer

Maryann Hong

Associate General Counsel and Investment Compliance Officer

Jennifer Koelle

Investment Officer – Public Markets

Jennifer Koelle

Investment Officer – Public Markets

Polly Smith

Private Secretary

Polly Smith

Private Secretary

Alex Somolski

Assistant Investment Officer

Alex Somolski

Assistant Investment Officer

Atul Talwar

Chief Information Officer

Atul Talwar

Chief Information Officer

Renee Westfield

Administrative Assistant

Renee Westfield

Administrative Assistant