Russell (Rusty) Watts

Board Member

CalTRUST Trustee since January 2011, Watts is the Treasurer and Tax Collector of Contra Costa County. He is responsible for running the County’s investment pool of over $3.5 billion, rated AAAf/S1+ for the past ten years. He serves as ex officio member on the Retirement Board for the County Employee’s Retirement Association, representing the County at large. He also serves on the County’s Debt Affordability Advisory Committee and the OPEB Trust Advisory Group, and is the Plan Administrator for the Public Agencies Post-retirement Health Care Plan Trust. Rusty is a member and past-president (2015-2016) of the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors and serves on multiple association committees. He also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the ABAG Finance Authority for Nonprofit Corporations and the Committee on County Tax Collecting Procedures of the State Controller’s Office. He has nearly 25 years of experience in treasury operations, and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (’93).