Dana Johns has been named the head of private equity of the New Jersey Treasury’s Division of Investment, the Treasury announced this week.
Johns comes to New Jersey from Maryland, where she was a member of the private equity team at the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System.
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 multibillion-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.
Shoaib Khan, chief investment officer and director of the division of investment, welcomed her to the team.
“Her demonstrated success in managing institutional investments in the private market will help us further our fiduciary duty to the pension members we serve,” he said.
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.