Von has now has reached well beyond the walls of his office to share his research and experiences in his new book, U.S. Public Pension Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Trustees and Investment Staff (McGraw-Hill 2019).
Von M. Hughes
Von M. Hughes is a partner and managing director in the Investor Services Group at PAAMCO Prisma. He is a member of the firm's executive committee and the global head of the firm’s strategic advisory effort. Von has 17 years of experience in the asset management arena, buttressed by his education at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In his role at PAAMCO Prisma, he works with institutional investors to determine what their investment portfolios need, and then helps to create customized solutions to satisfy those needs. Focusing on public pensions, Von works with investors on a host of pressing issues, from public pension policy and reform to changes in governance; from portfolio construction and implementation to the adequacy of investment infrastructures; and from fiduciary responsibility to the evolving nature of these fundamental obligations. He also actively participates in public pension trustee training exercises across the country.
Von has now has reached well beyond the walls of his office to share his research and experiences in his new book, U.S. Public Pension Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Trustees and Investment Staff (McGraw-Hill 2019). Von has created this timely content for public pensions by leveraging his uncommon blend of knowledge in the areas of finance, law and public policy. The book has been very well-received by the marketplace, highlighting both the need and demand for this material. In fact, the book recently won a 2020 Axiom Business Book Medal, and has captured the attention of pension trustees, institutional investors, pension service providers, asset managers, academics, and students alike. Von is also the recent recipient of the Council of Urban Professional (CUP) Catalyst Award for Finance.
For both the investors he serves and the national audience of pension and finance professionals, Von brings to bear a valuable cache of skills, knowledge, and insight from both finance and law to assist public pension professionals with the complexities inherent to the area of public pensions. A highly-regarded public speaker, he often delivers keynote addresses and presentations, in both formal and informal settings, where he discusses public pension policy, portfolio, and reform in the U.S.
Von graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Yale University in 1991. While pursuing his law degree at Harvard, he served as editor for both The Harvard Law Review and Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and was awarded MPP, with master’s thesis honors from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. After receiving his law degree, Von began his career in M&A at Goldman Sachs, and later served as a vice president in their Equity Capital Markets Group before joining PAAMCO Prisma, where he’s served clients for the past 17 years.
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About the Book: U.S. Public Pension Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Trustees and Investment Staff offers a full discussion of important public pension topics including: public pension history and current marketplace; DB, DC, and hybrid pension designs; actuarial valuation concepts; investment policy and asset allocation; relevant portfolio construction concepts; pension performance and portfolio trends; contribution policy; legislative oversight; governance and fiduciary responsibility; and the federal system. His book is the only “one-stop” public pension resource for new and experienced public pension fiduciaries, investment and administrative staff, service providers, investment managers, policy-makers, academics, and students alike. The book is currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and other major book outlets.