David George Bronner was born in Cresco, Iowa, on January 22, 1945. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Mankato State University, now Minnesota State University. From 1967 to 1969 David Bronner was an instructor in the School of Business and Finance at Mankato State University.
In 1973, Dr. Bronner was invited to accept the CEO position with the Retirement Systems of Alabama where today he is Chief Executive Officer. It is his responsibility to invest the funds of that organization. Under his direction, these funds have increased from over $500 million to over 25 billion dollars, making the RSA the largest financial organization in Alabama. Dr. Bronner’s expertise in the field of finance is recognized throughout America.
For many years, Bronner has encouraged Alabama to increase tax revenue to provide adequate service for mental health, prisons, public safety, Medicaid, education, and seniors. He has urged the state to reform its 1901 Constitution, which is widely considered to be the longest in the world. Bronner constantly defends RSA from frequent efforts by politicians and interest groups who seek to gain access to RSA’s funds, reduce contributions, reduce benefits, and change the plan from a defined benefit to a defined contribution fund.
Bronner was named the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished Alabama Sportsman in 1994 (for developing Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail) and Citizen of the Year by the Alabama Broadcasters Association in 1999.