David Swindell - Executive Director
David Swindell serves as the tenth Executive Director of the Wyoming Retirement System, being appointed by the board on August 1, 2019. As Executive Director, he is responsible for running the $10 billion system, which serves about 42,000 public employees in Wyoming and 26,000 retirees. Director Swindell manages the staff and day-to-day operations, and also serves as WRS board secretary.
He comes to the position of Executive Director after serving five years as the system’s Deputy Director. Swindell was raised in Riverton, Wyoming and was appointed to U.S. Military Academy at West Point from Riverton High School. He served 22 years in the U.S. Army, retiring with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Prior to serving WRS, Dave was the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Pocatello, ID. His education includes a MPA with concentration in economics from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
He is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, Association of Government Accountants and is a Certified Government Finance Manager (CGFM). His arrival at the Wyoming Retirement System marked a return to the state, as he was raised in Riverton, WY and was appointed to the Military Academy from Riverton High School. Dave and his spouse Jill enjoy travel, skiing and fly fishing, where they amuse the local trout with their efforts.
Rachel Meeker - Deputy Director
Sam Masoudi, CFA, CAIA - Chief Investment Officer
Sam Masoudi has 27 years of financial industry experience. He has been the CIO for the Wyoming Retirement System since 2013. Prior to that, he served as a Managing Director of Tulane University’s endowment fund for five years. He was a founder and portfolio manager for eight years at the hedge fund Silver Peak.
Sam’s other investment experience includes three years at Veronis Suhler Stevenson (private equity fund) as a director, and four years as an assistant vice president in real estate investment banking at PaineWebber and Kidder Peabody, two New York based investment banks.
Sam received his B.S. in Finance and Investing from Babson College. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations.
Benjamin L. Brandes - General Counsel
Benjamin L. Brandes has served as General Counsel to the Wyoming Retirement System since October 2010. In this capacity, Brandes provides legal advice to the System on all investment, administrative and operational matters. He also advises the Wyoming Retirement Board of Trustees.
Prior to joining WRS, Brandes served as legal counsel to the National Mining Association in Washington, D.C. He also has several years of prior public service to the State of Wyoming in a variety of capacities, including as a policy adviser to Governor Freudenthal.
Brandes earned a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his JD from the University of Wyoming in 2004. He is an active member of the Wyoming Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys.