Ross Kasarda is the Director of Risk Management and Risk Based Investment Strategies for the Virginia Retirement System. Ross joined the VRS in 2004 as an intern and was hired full time to help start the Research Group in 2005. Today Ross serves as the senior team member in charge of the Risk Team and processes related to Total Fund risk management. In addition, Ross serves as the portfolio manager for the Risk Based Investments Program, or RBI. RBI is a collection of strategies whose aim is to offset growth risks of the VRS Total Fund by investing in uncorrelated and anti-correlated investments. Ross also helps complete Fund level asset liability modeling and stress testing. Ross earned a BS summa cum laude and an MA in Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a CFA charter holder.