William “Bill” Schaff
William “Bill” Schaff is the founder and CEO of Phocas Financial Corporation in Alameda, California. For over twenty-five years, Mr. Schaff has managed institutional equity portfolios and mutual funds at Phocas Financial, Bay Isle Financial, Janus Capital Group, Berger Funds, and the Undiscovered Managers organization. He was formerly the lead manager of the Berger Small Cap Value Fund, the Morningstar 5-star rated Undiscovered Managers REIT Fund, the Janus US REIT Fund for non-US investors, and Bay Isle’s Large Cap Value Equity institutional product. He continues to manage accounts for very large and smaller defined benefit pension plans, including those of state and local entities, corporate plans, and foundation and endowments.
Mr. Schaff received a B.A. in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.S. in engineering from the University of California, Davis. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and is a member of the Security Analysts of San Francisco. He served as a multi-term trustee and chairperson of the Investment Committee of the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA), a $5 billion public pension plan.
Bill Schaff is Vice-President of the Board for The Academy of Alameda, a charter school in Alameda, California for students in grades K-8. One of the founders of the school, he also served Alameda Unified School District as an elected trustee and President of the board from 2006-2009. Bill and his wife, Cynthia, are the parents of Sarah Schaff ’16. They are both members of the Parents Council.