Alternatives, Asset Allocation, Defined Benefit, Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Private Equity, Public Funds

California County System Poaches NY Common’s Sr. Invest. Officer Tucker

Reginald D. Tucker, senior investment officer of opportunistic investments and absolute return strategies at the New York Common Retirement Fund (NYCRF), is leaving his post after five years to join The Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) in a newly created managing director position, he confirmed. At OCERS, he will continue to source investments across all asset classes and risk mitigation strategies. Tucker starts his new position Friday, Jan. 18th.

Tucker joined the $210 billion assets under management (AUM)  New York Common fund in 2013, as a senior investment officer, to help build out the fund’s opportunistic alternatives portfolio, which commits capital across all asset classes and strategies. At the time Tucker joined the fund, the portfolio had only $700 million in legacy investments, and today has over $6 billion in commitments, he noted. The two funds invest primarily across private equity, public and private credit, and hedge fund sectors. They also invest in new, niche and tactical investment strategies.

Reginald D. Tucker,
managing director, The Orange County Employees Retirement System

Tucker began his career as an assistant vice president and trader in Citibank Global Markets where he worked from 1997 to 2002. From 2006 to 2010, he worked as a principal investment manager for ContraCapital, a private investment firm. Tucker then landed a job as an investment officer at the $25 billion AUM Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, where he worked until 2013. While there, he sourced and managed private equity, hedge funds, real asset and real estate investments and was responsible for building out the funds new hedge fund and real assets allocations. He was also responsible for building up the plan’s emerging-managers alternative investment program.  

Tucker graduated from New York University’s Gallatin school, with concentrations in pre-law and in business administration, with coursework through the NYU Stern School of Business, in 1997. He then pursed an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2006 as a Robert Toigo Fellow.  

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