About Us

In June 2021, ICMA-RC became MissionSquare Retirement. Founded in 1972 through the assistance of a Ford Foundation grant, ICMA‑RC’s mission is to help public sector employees build retirement security. It all began when the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) had the vision to create an organization dedicated to the retirement needs of public sector employees, and thus ICMA‑RC was formed. Consistent with our mission, ICMA‑RC launched the predecessor to what is now the Vantagepoint Funds. Historically the Vantagepoint Funds were made available solely to ICMA‑RC’s public sector retirement plan administration clients. In 2017, ICMA‑RC extended its mandate to make these Funds available to public and private sector plans in the Investment Only (IO) market.

Investment Team

Our investment team boasts tenured leadership with industry experience.
• Average tenure at MissionSquare: 9 Years
• Average industry experience: 20 Years
• Total CFA charterholders: 24
Data as of 6/30/2021

Wayne Wicker, CFA®

Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

Wayne Wicker is the firm’s Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. He leads the Investments Department, which is responsible for the investment management, due diligence, and contract negotiations of...

Karen Chong-Wulff, CFA®, CAIA

Managing Vice President, Fixed Income

Karen Chong-Wulff is the Managing Vice President, Fixed Income. She leads the Fixed Income team. She oversees all fixed income, stable value, and cash portfolios, and serves as lead portfolio...

Flora Li Hedrick, CFA®

Managing Vice President, Investments

Flora Hedrick is the Managing Vice President, Investments. She is responsible for developing an alternatives investment strategy and incorporating alternatives into the firm’s investment products and solutions. Mrs. Hedrick has...

Aimei Zhong, CFA®, CAIA

Managing Vice President, Equity & Risk

Aimei Zhong is the Managing Vice President, Equity & Risk. She leads the equity team, which oversees actively and passively managed equity funds and Trust Series. Ms. Zhong has over...

Venkat Balakrishnan, CFA®

Vice President, Asset Allocation

Venkat Balakrishnan is the Vice President, Asset Allocation. He is responsible for managing the multi-asset class funds, particularly the target-date and target risk funds. He is responsible for developing and...

Gus Pollak, CFA®

Vice President, Services and Innovation

Gus Pollak is the Vice President, Investments Services. He leads teams that are responsible for investment related operations, investment guideline monitoring, investment systems, and reporting. He manages the Investment Department’s...

Our History

Our firm was built on the simple philosophy to serve those who serve us. Here's how we've grown from an idea to a company with more than $31 billion in assets under management in the span of 45 years.

1972

ICMA-RC was founded with the assistance of a Ford Foundation grant to support ICMA's vision to create an organization dedicated to the retirement needs of public sector employees.

1991

ICMA-RC introduces the Vantagepoint PLUS Fund, an industry-leading stable value fund.

1995

ICMA-RC introduces the Vantagepoint Model Portfolio funds.

2001

The ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund was founded to honor the lives of local and state government employees that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

2005

ICMA-RC introduces the Vantagepoint Milestone target date funds.

2017

Vantagepoint Funds are available to public and private sector plans in the IO market.

2021

ICMA-RC becomes MissionSquare Retirement