CalSTRS announced the appointment of its first-ever chief operating officer Friday.
The new COO is Cassandra Lichnock, who's worked at the California State Teachers' Retirement System since 2008 and is a 22-year veteran of state government.
Her appointment took effect March 1. She oversees five branches of the pension fund, including human resources and technology services.
Lichnock joined CalSTRS from the State Lottery. She previously worked at the State Compensation Insurance Fund.