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Department of the Treasury

For Immediate Release:
May 23, 2023
Media Contact:
Darryl Isherwood
Melinda Caliendo

Treasury Announces Hiring of Head of Private Equity in Division of Investment

(TRENTON) – The New Jersey Department of the Treasury's Division of Investment announced today the hiring of Dana Johns as Head of Private Equity.

"We are very happy to welcome Dana as our new Head of Private Equity," said Shoaib Khan, Chief Investment Officer and Director of the Division of Investment. "Her demonstrated success in managing institutional investments in the private market will help us further our fiduciary duty to the pension members we serve.”

Prior to joining New Jersey’s Division of investment, Johns was a member of the Private Equity team at the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. She is an experienced private markets investor and leader in the U.S. public pension and broader institutional investor community.

Johns has more than 20 years of experience investing and managing multi-billion dollar global portfolios of institutional alternative investment assets. She has a demonstrated long-term track record for selecting and managing strong performing private equity fund portfolios, and is committed to initiatives focused on the advancement of private markets investing and creating pathways to inclusion for underrepresented talent in private equity.

Johns is Board Chair of the Private Equity Women Investor Network and a member of the Institutional Limited Partners Association Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council, Academy for Institutional Investors Editorial Committee, AIF Women’s Leadership Steering Committee, and the SEO Alternative Investments Limited Partner Advisory Council.

She has both a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University Bloomington and a B.S. in Computer Info Systems from Stevenson University. She graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a Master's in Finance while working full time as an Associate at Camden Private Capital, a private equity fund of funds.

Johns joins the Division of Investment effective immediately.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 05/23/23