Heather Traeger


CCO & Compliance Counsel

Teacher Retirement System of Texas


Heather L. Traeger serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and Compliance Counsel for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.  TRS is one of the largest public pension plans in the country.  
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Ms. Traeger has significant experience advising a variety of financial institutions.  Immediately prior to joining TRS, Ms. Traeger was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, in Washington, D.C., in the Financial Services Practice. Previously, she served as an Associate Counsel at the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and in several positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including as the Senior Counsel to Commissioner Roel Campos, Counsel to Commissioner Issac Hunt, and Senior Counsel in the Division of Market Regulation (now Trading and Markets).  She also clerked for the Texas First Court of Appeals.  

Ms. Traeger has written numerous articles and chapters on investment adviser and broker dealer regulatory and compliance issues.  She also participates regularly in industry panels.  Ms. Traeger is a faculty member for the Regulatory Compliance Association’s CCO University, a member of the ILPA Legal Advisory Council, and serves on the Board of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni.  She is a member of Texas Wall Street Women, serving on the Philanthropy Committee, and participates in the National Society of Compliance Professionals, the Austin and Houston Compliance Roundtables, and the Council of Public Fund Compliance Officers. 

In addition, Ms. Traeger serves on the board of Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. While in Washington, D.C., she served as a member of the Board of Editors for the Investment Lawyer, and was a faculty member for Operation HOPE, Banking on Our Future, as well as a member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association and Women in Housing and Finance.  

Ms. Traeger is a member of the Texas and District of Columbia bars.  


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