NYSIF Leadership

Board of Commissioners

Kenneth Theobalds
Chairman
Kenneth R. Theobalds
Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs
Entergy
Delgado
Ryan Delgado
New York State
AFL-CIO
NYSIF Commissioner S. Graham
Sean A. Graham
Senior Investment Officer
Cornell University
Navneet Kathuria
Navneet Kathuria, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Community Health Network
NYSIF Commissioner Dr. Dennis Kessler, SJD
Dr. Dennis Kessler, S.J.D.
Co-Owner, Kessler Restaurants,
Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Rochester Simon School of Business
Charles MacLeod
Charles B. MacLeod
Principal/Owner
SMM Advertising
NYSIF Commissioner B. Marchandani
Bhakti Mirchandani
Director
Responsible Investing
Trinity Church Wall Street
Louis Roberti
Louis J. Roberti, Jr.
Owner
Arroway Ford/Arroway Tractor
Alexis Thomas
Alexis E. Thomas
CEO and Founder   
Preston Hollow Consultants
Melvin
Scott B. Melvin
Acting Executive Deputy Commissioner
New York State Department of Labor

All Board members are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate and receive no salary in connection with the performance of their duties. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are voted upon by the Board. The members of the Board must be NYSIF policyholders. One commissioner is appointed by the Governor upon recommendation by the New York State AFL-CIO and one upon recommendation of the Business Council of New York State. NYSIF day-to-day operations are managed by an Executive Director, appointed by the Board of Commissioners.


NYSIF Executive Staff

Gaurav Vasisht, Executive Director & CEO: At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, the NYSIF Board of Commissioners appointed Gaurav Vasisht as NYSIF Executive Director & CEO. Gaurav brings to NYSIF a wealth of financial services regulatory, public policy and management experience. He joins NYSIF after more than six years as Senior Vice President and Director at the Volcker Alliance, a role in which he advised former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul A. Volcker on financial stability and regulatory matters and promoted the organization's policy priorities before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, the House Financial Services Committee, and an array of financial regulatory agencies.

Before joining the Volcker Alliance, Gaurav spent a decade in New York State government. Most recently, he served as Executive Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, heading the agency's approximately 300-employee Banking Division. He previously served as Senior Deputy Superintendent of Insurance, First Assistant Counsel and Assistant Counsel to three Governors of New York, and as Assistant Attorney General in the Investment Protection Bureau of the New York Attorney General's Office.

Gaurav is co-author of "What Makes a Regulator Excellent?," in Achieving Regulatory Excellence, a book edited by the University of Pennsylvania Law School and published by the Brookings Institution Press. A graduate of New York University and St. John's University School of Law, Gaurav has been a Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law School and a Contributor to Penn Law's Regulatory Review.

Joseph Mullen, Deputy Executive Director: Joe joined NYSIF in 1997 as a senior budget analyst and has gone on to serve in many roles, including Deputy Executive Director for Policyholder Services Business Operations, Director of Financial Administration and Director of Administration. As Director of PHS, Joe is responsible for overseeing NYSIF’s statewide underwriting, premium audit and field services operations along with statewide PHS business office operations. Since his appointment to this position in 2018, Joe has guided several critical initiatives, including a streamlined online quote and application process, an underwriting reorganization to better meet the needs of our customers, and significant updates to our premium audit process. Joe holds an MBA from the College of St. Rose and a BS in Business Economics & Accounting from SUNY Oneonta.

Tanisha Edwards, Esq., General Attorney:  Tanisha joined NYSIF in 2019 after serving more than three years as Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Taxation & Financial Services. In that role, Tanisha advised the Governor’s cabinet and stakeholders on legal affairs involving taxation, insurance and banking. These responsibilities included managing legal issues for the Department of Tax and Finance, the Department of Financial Services, and NYSIF. Prior to her state service, Tanisha spent 10 years at the New York City Council. In that role she served as Chief Counsel to the Finance Division, as well as Counsel to the Finance Committee. Prior to working at the City Council, Tanisha served as the Legislative Counsel at the Office of the New York City Comptroller. Tanisha earned a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and a B.A. from Syracuse University.

William Gratrix, Chief Financial Officer: Bill has responsibility for the Accounting and Financial Reporting, Actuarial, Treasury, and Financial Planning and Analysis functions at NYSIF. After more than a decade as a Senior Manager in international public accounting firms, Bill made meaningful strategic and leadership contributions to major financial services companies in the property/casualty, life insurance, mortgage finance, banking and investment management industries. Bill holds an MBA in Accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a BA in Speech Communications from the State University of New York. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designations in New York and Maryland.

Charlotte Griffin, Acting Chief Information Officer: Charlotte has been with NYSIF Information Technology Services since 1998. Charlotte most recently led the team that successfully launched the new NYSIF Claims Center - a web-based interface that consolidated all of the old claims applications and systems and dramatically improved the user experience. She also managed teams working on electronic billing, prescription benefit management, direct deposit for claimants and providers, and the addition of PFL to NYSIF’s DB claims and PHS systems.

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