2015 Honorees

Paul KennySir Paul Kenny
GMB (Britain’s General Union)

Sir Paul is General Secretary Emeritus for GMB, Britain’s general union. Under his leadership, from 2006 through 2015, GMB steadily increased its membership, won victories in workplace rights and led the fight to protect thousands of workers who were blacklisted by construction employers. GMB also has been at the forefront of tackling social injustices across Britain. These victories earned him knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year.


Anne SAnne Simpson
CalPERS

Anne is the Senior Portfolio Manager of Investments and Director of Global Governance for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). She has led CalPERS to integrate environmental, social and governance factors across the whole fund. She sits on boards across the country and is the co-author of Fair Shares: The Future of Shareholder Power and Responsibility.


Russ NRussell M. Niemie
N.Y. State Nurses Association

Russell is Chief Investment Officer of the New York State Nurses Association. He has more than 35 years of experience in the institutional investment industry. Prior to joining NYSNA in 2000, he was President and CIO of Commerce Capital Management, a boutique asset management firm serving small institutional clients and bank trust companies. Russell earned his MBA at the University of Texas in Austin.