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AB-2041 University of California: Office of the Chief Investment Officer.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 08, 2018


SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Diversity is the key to the competitiveness of the venture capital industry in the United States.
(2) Despite the demonstrated importance of diversity, the industry has not kept pace in investing in people of diverse backgrounds.
(3) Women, ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities, veterans, and immigrants, among other groups, are all underrepresented both in the venture capital industry and in the executive ranks of venture-backed companies.
(4) Members of the National Venture Capital Association have addressed these issues by announcing a pledge to take concrete measures to bring greater diversity to the industry.
(5) Venture capital firms that recognize the competitive value of investing in women and minority founders and bringing diverse talent into their investment teams will lead the way to industry success in the 21st century.
(6) The University of California, through its Office of the Chief Investment Officer (OCIO), is tasked with the responsible investment of over one hundred billion dollars in pension and endowment funds.
(b) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to urge the OCIO to use best efforts to encourage diversity, including working towards diversity in its own hiring and in considering firms for investments. It is also the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to require the OCIO to report to the public how it is addressing these issues in investing the funds that the people of California have placed under its stewardship.

SEC. 2.

 Article 1.3 (commencing with Section 92603) is added to Chapter 6 of Part 57 of Division 9 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  1.3. Office of the Chief Investment Officer
92603.
 (a) The regents are urged to direct their Office of the Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) to do all of the following:
(1) Use reasonable efforts to encourage diversity, such as implementing a hiring strategy that requires that candidates from underrepresented groups be given full consideration whenever an OCIO position is to be filled.
(2) Request partner firms it invests in use reasonable efforts to encourage diversity, such as implementing a hiring strategy that requires that candidates from underrepresented groups be given full consideration whenever a position is filled.
(3) Launch an emerging manager program. The OCIO shall define the term “emerging manager” for the purpose of this section.
(4) Encourage startup firms to increase efforts to develop diverse executive teams and to recruit diverse managerial talent, as applicable.
(b) The OCIO shall submit a report to the chairs of the appropriate policy committees of each house of the Legislature, on or before January 1, 2020, describing its progress addressing the requirements of the regents set forth in subdivision (a). The report shall also include pertinent statistics setting forth the OCIO’s internal diversity metrics. The report required by this section shall comply with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(c) Nothing in this section shall require the regents or the OCIO to take action that is inconsistent with its fiduciary duties.