Lisa Mazzocco was named USC’s first chief investment officer effective April 2011. Reporting directly to the president and working closely with the university’s chief financial officer and the investment committee of the USC Board of Trustees, Mazzocco is charged with building a staff that will bolster the investment function of USC’s endowment in support of the university’s academic aspirations. She also advises the investment and finance committees of the USC Board of Trustees with respect to endowment performance, and chairs the university’s retirement oversight committee.
Before joining USC, Lisa was chief investment officer for the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA), where she had worked since 1992. At LACERA, she was responsible for asset allocation of a $31 billion pension fund, working with the association’s Board of Investments to develop implementation plans for its investment strategies. She previously served as a senior analyst at Security Pacific National Bank, and began her career at Wilshire Associates.
Lisa holds an MBA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University.