Ronnie Chatterji, a former Senior Economist in President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic of Advisers and now a tenured professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, has announced his campaign to be the next Treasurer of North Carolina.
The treasurer is a statewide elected official who manages the money for North Carolina, serving as the sole trustee for its $95 billion pension fund, managing the $3 billion state employee health care plan, and overseeing all state and local bonds.
The son of immigrant parents who are both educators, Chatterji earned his B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Business Economics from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. As an economic adviser to several presidential campaigns, Chatterji says he sees “untapped potential in the treasurer’s office.”
“The treasurer’s influence extends from all 100 counties in North Carolina to global financial markets and Fortune 500 boardrooms,” he has stated. “As a large institutional investor, this office can ensure that North Carolina’s money is invested responsibly and supporting businesses aligned with our values. The treasurer can engage leading companies on issues like climate change and gender equality and make sure that North Carolina is getting a good return on investment.”
Among other responsibilities, the treasurer is the largest purchaser of healthcare in the state, a role that could allow NC to become a national leader in implementing affordable, high-quality care for all. The treasurer also plays a key role in helping finance important infrastructure projects in both rural and urban areas across the state.
He and his wife Neely are longtime residents of Durham, where they are raising their three children.
For more information about Chatterji’s campaign, visit www.RonnieChatterji.com or write to Ronnie for NC, 514 Daniels Street, Box 286 Raleigh, North Carolina 27605.