Janet R. Cowell, MBA, MAPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Dix Park Conservancy, Raleigh, NC
Janet R. Cowell has a unique blend of experience in both the public and private sectors. Her diverse career spans the fields of finance, health care, education and technology. She serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dix Park Conservancy, a nonprofit that works with the City of Raleigh, NC, to create and maintain a transformative inner-city public space for community, health and celebration. Ms. Cowell was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Girls Who Invest, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry. Currently, she is a corporate director of James River Insurance, Channel Advisor and IFM Investors.
Ms. Cowell was the first woman elected to the post of Treasurer of the State of North Carolina. In that position from 2009 to 2016, she oversaw the state’s pension fund, which entailed managing more than US$90 billion in investments for more than 900,000 teachers, firefighters and other public employees. She also served as a North Carolina state senator and a council member for the City of Raleigh.
Prior to her public service, Ms. Cowell worked as a securities analyst in Southeast Asia and later as a business consultant focused on Fortune 500 companies.
Ms. Cowell was recognized twice as a Top 25 Global Investment Executive by the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute and was named an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership. Among other awards, she has received the Institutional Trailblazer Award from the Toigo Foundation and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from the Governor of the State of North Carolina.
Ms. Cowell holds a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business and a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Lauder Institute.
Ms. Cowell joined the Board of Directors in 2017.