ERS Trustees

Brian R. Barth, vice-chair

Term expires August 31, 2025

Brian Barth was elected to the ERS Board in 2019.

Brian R. Barth is the Director of Project Planning and Development for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), responsible for overseeing the Transportation Planning and Programming, Right of Way, Environmental Affairs, Professional Engineering Procurement and Transportation Programs divisions.

A member of the TxDOT family since 1988, Mr. Barth began his career as an engineering assistant in the Dallas District. In 2003, he was appointed as the Dallas District’s director of transportation planning and development. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Fort Worth District’s deputy district engineer, providing joint oversight and development of the DFW Connector, North Tarrant Express, I-35W, I-30 and Chisholm Trail Parkway.

In November 2013, Mr. Barth was appointed as Fort Worth district engineer and served on the Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments working to solve Metroplex-area transportation issues. In that role, he also oversaw over $1 billion in construction work each year in addition to major projects on I-35W, SH 360 South and the I-30/SH 360 Interchange.

Mr. Barth graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

I. Craig Hester

Term expires August 31, 2028

Craig Hester was first appointed to the ERS Board in 2005 by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson and has been reappointed twice, most recently by Chief Justice Nathan Hecht.

He has been actively involved in professional investment management since 1972. Mr. Hester is a Principal at Luther King Capital Management. Prior to joining LKCM, he formed Hester Capital Management, where he acted as Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer. Before that, Mr. Hester served as Director of Regional Asset Management for InterFirst Investment Management, Chief Investment Officer of the Texas Municipal Retirement System, Assistant Vice President & Trust Officer at Republic National Bank, Dallas and Senior Analyst for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

He currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the MBA Investment Fund, LLC of the University of Texas Graduate School of Business. Mr. Hester is a former board member of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), former Investments Committee member and past chair of the University of Texas' Ex-Student's Association, former member and past chair the Investment Advisory Committee of the Employees Retirement System of Texas and former investment advisor to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. He is the past president of the Austin Investment Association and a member and past president of the Austin/San Antonio Society of Financial Analysts and the Austin Society of Financial Analysts. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Investment Adviser Association (IAA), a current Board member and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts, and is a former member and past chair of the Foundation for SafePlace. Mr. Hester is a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Texas Chancellor's Council and of the Littlefield Society.

Mr. Hester received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration at The University of Texas at Austin. He received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1977 and the Chartered Investment Counselor designation in 1992.

Neika Clark

Term expires August 31, 2027

Neika Clark was certified to fill an elected seat on the ERS Board in 2021.

She is a Training Specialist VI Area Manager in Leadership and Professional Development with Health and Human Services (HHS), providing various training and development opportunities to the leaders of Texas. Ms. Clark is driven by Access and Eligibility Services' mission to connect Texans to services by helping individuals and families in need of food, medical care, cash assistance and other social services.

She joined HHS in 1998 as a clerk. Since then, she progressed to jobs as Intake Screener, Case Manager/Worker and Community Care Services Eligibility Unit Supervisor until reaching her current position.

A native Texan, Ms. Clark currently serves on the board of trustees of St. John’s United Methodist Church. She is actively involved with community service and outreach programs in Houston and the surrounding community.

Stuart Greenfield, Ph.D.

Term expires August 31, 2029

Stuart Greenfield, Ph.D., was elected to the ERS Board in 2023.

He is the first state agency retiree elected to the ERS Board. 

Dr. Greenfield began his career in 1977 as an economist at the Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA). He worked for three state comptrollers and at other state agencies before retiring from the CPA in 2000. 

After he retired from state service, Dr. Greenfield began teaching economics at Austin Community College and the University of Maryland Global College.  

Throughout his career and into retirement, Dr. Greenfield has had an interest in employee and retiree benefits and other issues affecting active and retired State of Texas workers. In 1991, he received Governor Ann Richards’ Productivity Suggestion Award for his ideas to improve employee benefits. Dr. Greenfield has researched the aging of the public sector workforce and its implications, evaluated pay disparities among Texas state workers and analyzed COVID-19 in Texas. More recently, he has been exploring artificial intelligence and hopes to see how it can be applied to enhance service delivery to ERS members and retirees.

Dr. Greenfield has a Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and an economics degree from the University of Dayton.

James (Jim) Kee, Ph.D., chair - Elected

Term expires August 31, 2026

James (Jim) Kee, Ph.D., was first appointed to the ERS Board in 2018 by Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus and was reappointed in 2020 by Speaker Dennis Bonnen.

Dr. Kee is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation at Baylor University. Prior to joining the Baylor faculty, he was President and Chief Economist of South Texas Money Management (STMM). He joined the firm in 2009 and was appointed President in 2011.

Before joining STMM, Dr. Kee was the HOLT Global Strategist for Credit Suisse in Chicago. He served as a Portfolio Consultant with HOLT Value Associates prior to their acquisition by Credit Suisse in 2002. Dr. Kee also has produced research under contract for the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (IRET) and Polyconomics. He has taught courses in finance and economics at Wabash College and Auburn University.

With expertise in combining top-down macroeconomic insights with bottom-up stock selection tools, Dr. Kee has been nationally recognized for his views on investing and the economy. He has made numerous appearances on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo and on CNBC. He has been interviewed on or cited by many other media outlets, including Bloomberg Radio’s “Taking Stock,” MarketWatch Radio, Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial Times, CNN Money and U.S. News & World Report. In 2016, the San Antonio Business Journal recognized Dr. Kee as a top executive with a C-Suite Award in the CEO category.

Dr. Kee serves on the St. Edward’s Munday School of Business Advisory Board and has advised several non-profit organizations. In the past, he has served on the board of directors for the Catholic Citizens of Illinois, the University of the Incarnate Word Advisory Board and as finance chair on the school council for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Dr. Kee has a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University; a Master’s degree in Economics (Distinguished Graduate) from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. Edward’s University in Austin.