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Gary Draghi
Chief Investment Officer, City of Hartford MERF
Mr. Draghi is the Chief Investment Officer for the $1 billion Municipal Employees’ Retirement Fund (“MERF”) of the City of Hartford, a public defined benefit pension fund in Hartford, Connecticut. In this role, Mr. Draghi also provides oversight to the City’s $150 million defined contribution plan and $20 million OPEB trust fund. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (1999) and Certified Public Accountant (1985) designations. Mr. Draghi graduated cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. His primary duties include advising the City Treasurer and Pension Commission with regard to asset allocation, investment, operational and monitoring activities of the MERF and the City’s other investment funds. Mr. Draghi has served as Chief Investment Officer/Director of Investments since 2011 and joined the MERF as its Assistant Director of Investments in 2006. Prior to joining the MERF, Mr. Draghi served as a Principal Investment Officer (“PIO”) at the $20 billion State of Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds (“CRPTF”). Over his fifteen-year career with the CRPTF, Mr. Draghi served in various capacities including PIO-Real Estate Investment, PIO-Accounting and Control and also participated in the management of the CRPTF’s private equity, venture capital and commercial mortgage investment portfolios. His earlier professional experiences were in public accounting, primarily with Deloitte. Mr. Draghi currently serves as Chairman of the Town of Wallingford (Connecticut) Pension Commission that oversees the investment of the Town’s $215 million defined benefit pension fund. He also serves as a member of the Hartford Healthcare Board Investment Subcommittee and the University of Connecticut School of Business Investment Advisory Board. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association, serving as its Treasurer and heading its investment committee. Mr. Draghi is a member of the Hartford Society of Chartered Financial Analysts and the Connecticut Society of Certified Pubic Accountants.