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Professional Experience – Private Sector


2011 to Present: Oliveira Advisory Services LLC


           The advisory work is focused in two fields of expertise. With over 20 years of experience in government at the local, state, and national levels the advisory services focuses on public policy and pension issues. With a background in economics and the in-depth research work while completing a doctorate in public policy have been merged to provide advisory services for agencies on a variety of financial and public policy issues. Much of the current work for local agencies currently is in the areas of pension sustainability, general agency sustainability including retirement, health, and decision processes, retirement security modeling, asset class and rates of return analysis for trust funds, and the emerging demand for public private partnerships.


          With over 40 years in the agribusiness sector, including national and international work, the services focuses on risk management and financial opportunities. Many years as a CEO and as an economist are leveraged to look at opportunities worldwide for investment and or to review currently holdings for risk and return. The practice is also involved with trend analysis for current, intermediate, and long term investments in value added agribusiness.


2013 to Present: Board of Advisors, AGR Partners


          AGR Partners is a private equity firm that cultivates long-term growth in companies seen as indispensable assets of the agriculture and food value-chain. AGR facilitates late-stage growth, strategic acquisitions, and ownership transitions via non-controlling investments in private and public companies. AGR targets mature companies in investment grade countries, equity or convertible debt structures, and an investment target size of $10-75 million. The firm is headquartered in Visalia, California, but its team and Advisory Board are represented across the globe.


2012 to Present: Team Member, Funston Advisory Services LLC


          Is a team member for consulting and advisory services for public and private organizations in the areas of pensions and public policy with special emphasis on the asset liability study process, policy, and sustainability. Over the past two years Funston has been involved in several major reviews including CalPERS, State of Oregon, New York, and Ohio SERS pension systems.


2010 to Present: Value Added Applied Technologies


            Is currently involved with the identification, development, and application of technologies across all business sectors that are recognized as value added to improve the efficiency of water, energy, and global food security. In this capacity is an advisor to the school of engineering at UC Merced, board member of the Blue Technology at the WET Center at Fresno State University, and is the team leader for innovation for the San Joaquin Valley Economic Agriculture Value Added Project. These joint undertakings and relationships are building networks and creating opportunities to improve the adoption of value added applied innovation and technologies to both the private and governmental sectors.


1992 to Present: Economist


          As a practicing economist, advise economic trends to companies throughout California with special qualifications in agriculture investment and commodity trends. Since 1998 have been an advisor on economic issues to local governments including Kings County and other local agencies throughout California. Both as a member of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), was involved  in advising the economic side of investment strategies and public pension management. Currently leading the evaluation team of the economic impacts of technology and innovation in the value added sector of agriculture in central California. Involved currently on several projects of resource development and the economic impacts to the regions and the whole of the State of California.


1976 to Present: Tony & Connie Oliveira Farming,   Lemoore, Ca.


          As the managing partner of a diversified farming operation, which over the years has farmed and developed thousands of acres in the central valley of California with a variety of crops including field crops, permanent plantings, and dairy, has developed an expertise in the management of a very complex business. 


1971 to Present: Oliveira Holdings, Lemoore, Ca.


          As the President and CEO, developed over 20 businesses in the retail and developmental sectors including banking, sport facilities, restaurant, construction, newspaper publishing, commercial, residential, and industrial land devolvement, and various retail outlets in consumer products.


1984 to 1990: Dalgety PLC London England


          As CEO of the fresh produce division of a multinational company developed fresh produce operations and partnerships in several states of the US and in the countries of Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, China, and Guatemala. During tenure developed several patents with a small team that revolutionized certain sectors of the fresh produce business. These patents included the first baby spinach commercial harvester, the air peel of garlic “versus by hand or chemical peel” and what would become nationally known as the triple wash process for the new and expanding value added packing of fresh produce.



Anthony T Oliveira

24476 Fairfax Ave. Lemoore, CA 93245. 559-924-4393

As of 05/01/13

Professional Experience – Governmental Sector

 2005 to 2012: California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) Sacramento, CA


          As a member of the CalPERS board, appointed twice by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and kept on the board by Governor Jerry Brown, held key positions in several areas of the operations as well as serving on virtually all the committees of CalPERS. The designated board member of the 13 members that was specifically appointed to represent more than 1,500 local governments of California including cities, counties, and special districts. As finance chair he was responsible to oversee budgeting, financials, auditing, and financial reporting of the $200 billion plus fund to the board of directors and to chair all financial committee meetings. One of the most important outcomes of his work as finance chair was the legislation and action by the board of CalPERS that would eventually establish the office and position of chief financial officer, in the history of CalPERS.


From the internal review work that he did on the real-estate holdings of CalPERS, following the housing bubble burst, the board appointed him to head the first risk committee of CalPERS as an ad-hoc committee. Under his work and leadership, the staff and the committee would eventually become a permanent committee and the first risk office and chief risk officer were established. Today CalPERS celebrates one of the most committed organizational-wide risk management systems in the world.


1999 to 2011: Kings County Board of Supervisors Hanford, Ca.


          Elected to the Kings County Board of supervisors three times (12 years). During his tenure on the board most of his focus was on those things that improved the economic welfare for all of the citizens in Kings County with special attention through his board position on the Kings County Economic Development Board. One of the co-authors of the Kings County Dairy Element which became nationally known as an attempt to bring appropriate balance between the needs of the industry while protecting the environment of the region. Served as the board’s representative on the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), and all economic issues, for the 12 years of his tenure.


1999 to 2011: California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Sacramento, CA


          Served on the California State Association of Counties (CSAC)  board for twelve years holding positions on key committees and as the treasurer, vice president, and in 2010 became the president and a spokesperson for all of California’s 58 counties. Is well known for his pension sustainability knowledge and the economic issues of local government and during his tenure visited and spoke to hundreds of local governments throughout California and the United States on these issues.


Professional Experience – Educational Sector


2005 to Present: West Hills College Lemoore, CA


          Has taught micro and macro economics and business at West Hills College Lemoore for the last eight years with special emphasis in the teaching of the economic issues of California. Has contributed to economic and public policy studies as a visiting professor, or guest speaker, at several universities, and as a contributing researcher/writer to entities such as Stanford and the California Little Hoover Commission.


Professional Experience – Professional Speaker


1985 to Present:

Is a professional speaker and lecturer in the field of business, business management, economics, pension management/sustainability, and public policy. Has spoken across the world in his capacity as a professor, CEO, board member of the largest pension fund in the United States, and as an expert in the field of business management both in the private and governmental sectors. Is often called upon to moderate complex issues of public policy and recently was selected as the moderator for the conferences by CalPERS to invest $800 million into California’s infrastructure. Is considered an expert in the field of local government pension management and sustainability with over 13 years in the field which is also his focus in his dissertation work.


Education - Degrees

Feb 2009 to Present: Walden University Minneapolis, Minnesota

Degree: PhD (C) Course work completed with a GPA of 4.0

Dissertation work is in the field of quantitative research methods of establishing a sustainability index for pension trust funds through the asset/liability process.


Jan 1986 to 1990 Pepperdine University Malibu CA

Degree: MBA GPA 4.0


Education - Certificated

California Ag Leader Class 15

Harvard Business School, Executive Management (YPO Presidential)

Great Valley Leadership Institute

Stanford Law School - Fiduciary College

Stanford Law School – Pension Management



Citizen of the Year - Lemoore, California
Agriculturist of the Year - Kings County
Alumnus of the Year - West Hills College
Suma Cum Laude - Pepperdine University
Lemoore High School Hall of Fame – Athletic

Lemoore High School Hall of Fame- Civic

Honor of the Eagle - West Hills College

Circle of Excellence - CSAC

Distinguish Government Service Award

2012 Man of the Year RPEA (Retired Public Employees Association)