Asset Management

Meet The Professionals

In total, TIAA-CREF Asset Management consists of more than 300 investment professionals, including over 100 portfolio managers with an average of 17 years of investment experience and 10 years with TIAA-CREF. Take a closer look at the people behind the performance.

Female PlaceholderAva Mao is managing director responsible for public investment-grade corporate fixed income investments for the TIAA General Account. In addition, she is the portfolio manager for the TIAA Stable Value Annuity and TIAA Stable Return Annuity portfolios. Previously, Ms. Mao held various positions in research, trading and portfolio management in privates and public fixed income since joining the organization. Ms. Mao joined the TIAA-CREF organization in 1989.

Ms. Mao has 25 years of investment experience in addition to working at GE as a financial management associate.

Ms. Mao holds a B.A. in economics from Cornell University, an M.B.A. in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and completed the GE Financial Management Training Program in Stamford, CT.

Fixed Income Professionals

Male Placeholder

Kenneth Adams

Director,
Global Public Markets

Michael Ainge

Michael Ainge 

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Female Placeholder

Karina Bubeck

Director,
Global Public Markets

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Cynthia Bush

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

John Cerra

John Cerra 

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Kevin Chen

Lijun (Kevin) Chen

CFA, Director,
Global Public Markets

Richard Cheng

Richard Cheng

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Female Placeholder

Dorothy Craig

Director,
Global Public Markets

Female Placeholder

Anupam Damani

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Male Placeholder

John Espinosa

Director,
Global Public Markets

Michael Ferraro

Michael Ferraro

CFA, Director,
Global Public Markets

Joseph Higgins

Joseph Higgins 

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Male Placeholder

Daniel Knight

Director,
Global Public Markets

Stephen Liberatore

Stephen Liberatore 

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Jean Lin

Jean C. Lin

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Andrew Lipton

Andrew Lipton 

Director,
Global Public Markets

Kevin Lorenz

Kevin Lorenz 

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Female Placeholder

Ava Mao

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Aashh Parekh

Aashh Parekh 

CFA, Director,
Global Public Markets

Anders Persson

Anders Persson 

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Male Placeholder

Steven Reis

Director,
Global Public Markets

Katherine Renfrew

Katherine Renfrew 

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Male Placeholder

Joseph Rolston

Director,
Global Public Markets

Barnet Sherman

Barnet Sherman 

Director,
Global Public Markets

Male Placeholder

Doug Smith

Director,
Global Public Markets

Male Placeholder

Thomas Solano

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Female Placeholder

Sylvia Tong

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

James Tsang

James Tsang

CFA, Director,
Global Public Markets

Female Placeholder

Kristal Yee

Director,
Global Public Markets

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