Kayla J. Gillan was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as a founding member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in October 2002. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Gillan worked in the pension field for more than 16 years, specializing in trust, securities, governance, administrative, policy and operational matters. She served for six years as General Counsel to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and for 10 years in other positions, including Deputy General Counsel. She was a principal architect of CalPERS' corporate governance program, managed all aspects of the fund's legal services, and oversaw a staff of internal auditors. Ms. Gillan interacted with corporate boards and executives, as well as investment advisers and institutional investors, including pension, labor and mutual funds. She is a frequent speaker and author on corporate governance issues and an active advocate for shareholder and investor interests.
Ms. Gillan graduated with honors from the California State University at Sacramento and received her law degree from the University of California at Davis.