Christopher M. Schelling, CAIA, Chapter Executive, Austin

Director of Private Equity, Texas Municipal Retirement System

CAIA Member since 2008

Christopher M. Schelling, CAIA is currently the Director of Private Equity at the $24 billion Texas Municipal Retirement System. In this role, Mr. Schelling is responsible for all aspects of building out the system’s private equity portfolio. Previously, Mr. Schelling was the Deputy CIO and Director of Absolute Return for Kentucky Retirement Systems where he implemented the plan’s first direct allocations to hedge funds and real asset funds. Mr. Schelling was also an Adjunct Professor at the Gatton School of Business at the University of Kentucky, lecturing on Alternative Investments.

Prior to joining KRS, he was a Senior Associate at Mercer Investment Consulting on the manager research team performing due diligence across hedge fund strategies. Previously, he served in a number of front and middle office roles spanning traditional and alternative investments at firms such as ThomsonReuters, Bear Stearns, and Calamos Investments. In addition to being a member of the CAIA Association, Mr. Schelling has also served on the association’s Due Diligence and Regulation Curriculum Committee and the Exam Council. He received an MBA from the University of Illinois-Chicago as well as a Masters Degree in Financial Markets from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois as well. Mr. Schelling was named one of Money Management Intelligence’s 2012 Rising Stars of Public Funds, and a Rising Star of Hedge Funds by Institutional Investor in 2014.