Michael Baldi, 36
New York State Common Retirement Fund
Michael Baldi leverages the discipline he employed during his time in the United States Marine Corps to continuously improve his investment analysis and portfolio management skills. Most notably, Baldi rigorously assesses factors including ESG as value drivers, marking him out as a forward-looking professional in an investment community that is increasingly turning its attention to such practices.
At the New York State Common Retirement Fund, which has around $254.8 billion in AUM, Baldi is primarily focused on mid-to-large market, growth and buyout managers across the US, Europe and Asia. He spent more than seven years at New York State Nurses Association Pension Plan and Benefits Fund and is credited as being “a dynamic and versatile investment professional” with technical acumen in alternative markets, as evidenced by his Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst title distinction.
Cleo Cheung Goodman, 35
Senior principal, private equity
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Cleo Cheung Goodman joined Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in 2011 and made the move from its Toronto to its London office in 2013. Identified as a “rising star”, Cheung Goodman was given responsibility for origination and coverage in the European financial services sector early in her career. She has since gone on to work on a number of high-profile deals in the region, including the sale of UK biscuit manufacturer Burton’s Biscuit Company to Ferrero in 2021.
In 2018, she led the sale of outdoor apparel manufacturer Helly Hansen to Canadian Tire Corporation for C$1 billion ($804 million; €735 million). The transaction was a resounding success for OTPP, delivering high returns and creating significant value. Cheung Goodman is also a member of the Future Leaders’ Committee at Level 20, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at inspiring more women to join and succeed in the private equity industry.
Joe Greiner, 37
Director of investments
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Since July 2019, Joe Greiner has been principally responsible for the growth of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s private equity and venture capital portfolio. He is understood to have helped secure access to some of the hardest-to-access managers globally, while also backing next-generation managers that have raised limited institutional capital previously. His approach to diligence is centred around managers’ “philosophy, process and people”, as well as seeking out “differentiated ideas for investment”.
Passionate about training the next generation of allocators, Greiner helped recruit, train and mentor analysts and summer interns during his seven years as a director at Emory Investment Management, which manages the assets of Emory University, Emory Healthcare and the Carter Center. He has also served as a guest lecturer on private markets investing at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.
Julia Jaskólska, 32
Lead, ESG and co-investments
CalPERS Private Equity
Aged just 32, California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s Julia Jaskólska has already played a pivotal role in developing a major industry-led initiative to standardise ESG reporting and benchmarking: the ESG Data Convergence Project. By the end of January this year, more than 100 LPs and GPs representing $8.7 trillion in AUM and 1,400 underlying portfolio companies had signed up to the project, which CalPERS spearheaded alongside Carlyle.
The Francisco Partners and Vitruvian Partners alumna is understood to have led diligence on more than a dozen co-investments, deploying over a billion dollars into privately held companies. Jaskólska is also credited with revamping CalPERS’ internal reporting and introducing technology tools to improve information transparency and efficiency in investing. She is described as bringing “deep curiosity and intellectual rigour” to her role.
Marina Pasika, 36
Senior manager, private equity
Described by market peers as “exceptionally detailed” with a “thoughtful approach to diligence” and “a clear trailblazer in the Australian PE landscape who has earned the respect of PE managers globally for being a trusted and talented limited partner”, Melbourne-based Marina Pasika has made quite the impression on the market over the course of her career thus far.
Pasika joined Rest, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds by membership, in 2020 to build out its private equity capability and investment portfolio. She previously spent nearly a decade at Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, Future Fund, where she invested in private equity funds and co-investments, and she built up M&A and financing transaction expertise in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. Pasika is credited with bringing an “investor” mentality to her role as an allocator, as well as an “unusual degree of focus and process discipline”.