Maryland State Retirement and Pension System
Ms. Johns joined the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System in June 2011 and is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Private Equity Group. Ms. Johns has over 15 years of investment experience and managing a global portfolio of institutional alternative investment assets. Ms. Johns has expertise and highly developed personal networks with top performing private equity and venture funds.
Ms. Johns was included on Trusted Insight’s 2020 list of Top 30 Pension Private Equity Investors. Ms. Johns is co-President of the Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), and a member of ILPA’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council, AIF Women’s Leadership Steering Committee and the SEO Alternative Investments Limited Partner Advisory Council. PEWIN awarded Maryland with the 2020 Limited Partner of the Year award highlighting Ms. Johns’ work in transforming the private equity industry with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Continuously invited to key note at investment conferences and forums including the AIF Institute Global Investor Series, Big Path Impact Capitalism Summit, Labaton Sucharow Women’s Initiative Forum, AIMSE Conference, Investment Institute, Women’s Private Equity and Alternative Investment Summits, GCM Grosvenor Consortium, Markets Group Private Equity US Forum, Kayo Private Equity Conference, Pension Bridge, Emerging Manager Connect, Equity Summit, Hispanic Heritage Foundation Investor Group, Institutional Investor Private Equity Summit, SEO and NVCA. Most recent panel topics included private equity terms & trends, portfolio construction, developing fund managers, diverse fund managers, diversity and inclusion, and venture capital.
Ms. Johns has both a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University Bloomington and a B.S. in Computer Info Systems, Magna Cum Laude 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. She has completed the ILPA Institute’s Private Equity Executive Education program.