Staff

Genette Bacon-Cordova

Portfolio Officer for Financial Reporting and Accounting

Genette Bacon-Cordova

Portfolio Officer for Financial Reporting and Accounting
Genette Bacon-Cordova serves as the Portfolio Officer for Financial Reporting and Accounting. Genette works closely with the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer to perform and manage the operations-related accounting requirements of ISBI, including maintaining the general ledger system, reviewing accounts payable, preparing the quarterly budget, processing payroll, and other accounting functions.

 

Genette obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Outside of work, Genette enjoys watching movies, listening to music, attending concerts, and walking along Chicago’s lakefront.

Mary Cahill

Business Operations and Government Affairs Analyst

Mary Cahill

Business Operations and Government Affairs Analyst
Mary Cahill serves as the Business Operations and Government Affairs Analyst at ISBI. In her role, Mary works as a liaison between ISBI and the Illinois General Assembly and monitors pieces of legislation that may impact ISBI’s operations. Additionally, Mary provides operational support to the legal, investment, and operations teams at ISBI.

 

Mary previously worked as a legislative staffer for the Illinois House of Representatives and is a former Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program (ILSIP) participant. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Boston College in 2017. She spends as much of her time as she can at Wrigley Field and exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Maryann Hong

Associate General Counsel and Investment Compliance Officer

Maryann Hong

Associate General Counsel and Investment Compliance Officer
Maryann Hong serves as the Associate General Counsel and Investment Compliance Officer at ISBI. In this capacity, Maryann supports the General Counsel and advises ISBI Staff and Trustees on a wide variety of legal matters, as well as overseeing ISBI’s compliance efforts. Prior to joining ISBI in 2019, Maryann served as Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Governor of Illinois and as Regulatory Counsel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 

Maryann received her BA from the University of Rochester and her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she also earned a Health Law Certificate and served as Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Healthcare Law and Policy. Maryann is barred in both Illinois and Maryland.

Jennifer Koelle

Investment Officer – Public Markets

Jennifer Koelle

Investment Officer – Public Markets
Jennifer Koelle serves as Investment Officer – Public Markets at the Illinois State Board of Investment. In her role, Jennifer provides oversight for ISBI’s public market investments, helps to monitor and assess risk for ISBI’s investment program, and assists in developing and implementing ISBI’s overall investment policy. Additionally, Jennifer helps provide centralized oversight of the State’s Deferred Compensation Plan.

 

Prior to joining ISBI in 2020, Jennifer spent 15 years at Mercer in the Manager Research Group as a senior asset class specialist where she helped coordinate research of global and emerging markets equity strategies, undertook direct investment manager coverage, and was a voting member of the US equity ratings review committee. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with Minors in Mathematics and International Relations, from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Level II candidate in the CFA program.

Polly Smith

Private Secretary

Polly Smith

Private Secretary
Polly Smith serves as the Private Secretary, working closely with the Executive Director & Chief Investment Officer (ED/CIO). In this role, Polly ensures a smooth operation at ISBI. Polly assists with schedules, monitors phone call notifications and ISBI emails, oversees the distribution of supplies and packages to office personnel, and enjoys meeting and greeting visitors to the ISBI office.

Alex Somolski

Assistant Investment Officer

Alex Somolski

Assistant Investment Officer
Alex Somolski serves as the Assistant Investment Officer at the Illinois State Board of Investment. In this position, he provides investment and operational support to the ED/CIO and broader ISBI Staff, including reporting and manager due diligence. Alex is a generalist on the investment team and provides support across all asset classes.

 

Alex holds two degrees in finance from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago: an MBA, and a BBA magna cum laude. Outside of the office, Alex enjoys spending time outdoors and with family.

Atul Talwar

Chief Information Officer

Atul Talwar

Chief Information Officer
Atul Talwar is the Chief Information Officer at ISBI. Atul’s primary function is to oversee ISBI’s evolving technology needs ranging from security and infrastructure implementation to website development and troubleshooting. Atul also serves as ISBI’s primary IT liaison with third parties including the State’s Department of Innovation and Technology and external vendors. In his spare time Atul enjoys traveling, hiking, good food, and flying airplanes.

Renee Westfield

Administrative Assistant

Renee Westfield

Portfolio Officer for Business Operations and Accounting
Renee Westfield serves as ISBI’s Portfolio Officer for Business Operations and Accounting. She works closely with the COO / CFO to oversee ISBI’s portfolio capital movements and operations. Her responsibilities include obtaining capital call requests and capital distribution notices from managers, processing requests through the custodian record keeping system, and generating ISBI’s monthly portfolio income snapshot. In addition, Renee handles business operations management such as overseeing office supply and equipment purchasing along with other operational tasks. She also performs all of ISBI’s accounts payable and vendor management processes within the guidelines established by the Comptroller’s Office. Renee obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Chapman University. Her hobbies are hiking, reading, physical fitness, and travelling.