Donald A. Kirshbaum is Investment Officer for Policy at the Connecticut State Treasurerâ€™s Office. He works on corporate governance and corporate responsibility issues related to the Stateâ€™s $25 billion pension fund. Connecticut State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier is one of the nationâ€™s leading institutional investors working for corporate reform on issues including executive compensation, independence and diversity of board members, financial reporting and auditing, sustainability reporting, and disclosure of financial risks of climate change.
Treasurer Nappier is an activist shareholder, and works with companies in the pension fundâ€™s portfolio to protect and enhance the value of those investments. In the area of corporate social responsibility, Don Kirshbaum has represented the pension fund in discussions between investors and a number of companies concerning vendor codes of conduct, including monitoring and transparency issues. He also worked with other inventors and the United Nations Environmental Programme
â€“ Financial Initiative on the development of the Principles for Responsible
Investment, to which Treasurer Nappier was an initial signatory.
In the area of climate change, Don Kirshbaum has represented the Connecticut Treasurerâ€™s Office in a number of areas, including the Global Warming Shareholder Campaign, the Electric Utility Dialogue, two Investor Summits on Climate Risk held at the United Nations (and co-chaired by Treasurer Nappier), and the Investor Network
on Climate Risk. He has taken the lead in dialogues with companies on the issue of climate risk, leading to the ground breaking report issued in 2004 by American Electric Power, as well as agreements to issue similar reports by Southern Company and Ford.
Don has spent his entire career working with the Connecticut public sector, having worked for two previous state treasurers, at the State Department of Education, State Office of Policy and Management, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and
Hamden Public Schools. Don has a BA from Syracuse University, and a MA and MPhil from Columbia University.