Judy Kuschel of Vancouver Local 313 and a Department of Corrections activist and Federation vice president, was elected Chair of the Washington State Investment Board on July 18, 2017. Kuschel’s position on the Board represents active members of the Public Employees’ Retirement Systems and she will also serve as a member of the WSIB’s Private Markets Committee.
Kuschel has worked for the Washington State Department of Corrections for 21 years and is a Community Corrections Specialist. She helped to create a coordinated community response to domestic violence, working with the Domestic Violence Prosecution Center and the Vancouver Police Department. Prior to joining the Department of Corrections in 1996, she worked as a public utilities specialist in the Economic Studies Section at the Bonneville
In 2004, Kuschel received the Outstanding Service Provider Award from the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for service to victims of domestic violence and has presented at several public conferences including the AFSCME Regional Public Safety Conference in 2008 and the End Violence Against Women International Conference in Anaheim, California in 2009.
Kuschel is the vice-president of the Washington Federation of State Employees’ (WFSE). She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Political Science.
The SIB is responsible for one of the healthiest funded retirement systems in the nation. The board manages investments with the highest standard of professional conduct to maximize investment return at a prudent level of risk for the exclusive benefit of fund participants and beneficiaries.