Debby Cherney is the Chief Executive Officer of the San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association (SBCERA), a $9.9 billion public retirement fund. Ms. Cherney is responsible for day-to-day leadership and strategic management of SBCERA operations.
Prior to joining SBCERA in August 2018, Ms. Cherney served as the Deputy General Manager at the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD). In this capacity, she was responsible for services including finance, development services, human resources, customer service, purchasing and contract management, information systems, and safety, risk and emergency management. During her time at EMWD, she was actively engaged on California water issues regarding infrastructure, ratepayer affordability and addressing the issue of failing water systems throughout the state. Prior to EMWD, Ms. Cherney was the Executive Director of Finance and Administrative Services at Irvine Ranch Water District in Irvine, California and was in management consulting, working with public agencies and private companies.
Ms. Cherney is one of 19 elected members on the Executive Board of Directors of the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada, and previously served as the Chair of their advisory Committee on Retirement and Benefits Administration as well as the Chair of the Women’s Public Finance Network.
Ms. Cherney is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of California. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.