Kirk Sims is a Senior Investment Manager and Head of the Emerging Manager Program at the Teachers Retirement System of Texas, a public pension plan with over $150 bn in assets under management. He previously worked at the Teachers Retirement System of Illinois, where he spent close to 7 years, and where he had oversight of the $7 bn minority investment program and the $750 m emerging manager program. Prior to that he held a variety of financial services roles.
Our conversation returns to Kirk’s days at Howard University, some of his mentors there and the role models he found during his early days in finance, and, later, business school at Columbia. Kirk has spent close to a decade working with minority investment programs, and has plenty of “at the coalface” insights into challenges that these managers face and how they can overcome them.