As General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, Heather Traeger is responsible for all legal services and compliance for the sixth largest public pension fund in the United States, including those related to the retirement system’s pension plan and two health care programs. She serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the headquarters located in Austin, Texas and the foreign office located in London.
Ms. Traeger’s legal practice includes a strong regulatory background, with significant experience advising a variety of financial institutions. She has nearly 23 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including as Senior Counsel to Commissioner Roel Campos at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Counsel to Commissioner Isaac Hunt, and Senior Counsel in the Division of Market Regulation (now Trading and Markets).
Prior to joining TRS, Ms. Traeger was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, in Washington, D.C., in the Financial Services Practice and served as an Associate Counsel at the Investment Company Institute (ICI). Currently, she is a member of the US Investment Performance Committee, a subcommittee of the CFA, is co-chair of the NSCP Regulatory Advisory Committee, and serves on the Board of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni. Ms. Traeger is a member of the Texas and District of Columbia bars