Appointed by the Dean of The Wharton School, members of the Pension Research Council Advisory Board are leaders in the pension and benefits field. They include executives, actuaries, attorneys, labor representatives, consultants, state and federal policymakers, and academics. The Advisory Board develops, commissions, and evaluates Council research projects including externally-generated proposals. Advisory Board Members share a strong desire to encourage and strengthen private sector approaches to economic security, while at the same time recognizing the essential role of Social Security and other public programs for old-age security.
Olivia S. Mitchell is the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor, and Professor of Insurance/Risk Management and Business Economics/Policy; Executive Director of the Pension Research Council; and Director of the Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research; all at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Concurrently Dr. Mitchell serves as a Research Associate at the NBER; Independent Director on the Allspring Funds Boards; Vice President of the American Economic Association; Co-Investigator for the Health and Retirement Study at the University of Michigan; Executive Board Member for the Michigan Retirement Research Center; and Senior Scholar at the Singapore Management University. She also serves on the Academic Advisory Council for the Consumer Finance Institute at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve; the Advisory Committee of the HEC Montreal Retirement and Savings Institute; and the UNSW Centre for Pensions and Superannuation. She earned her B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Julie R. Agnew is the Richard C. Kraemer Term Professor of Business at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William and Mary. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Her research and consulting activities focus on behavioral finance and its relationship to financial decisions made by individuals in their retirement plans. She received her B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary, and her Ph.D. degree in Finance from Boston College.
Robert L. Clark is the Stephen Zelnak Professor of Economics and Professor of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University, and Research Associate at the NBER. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. His research examines retirement decisions, the choice between defined benefit and defined contribution plans, the impact of pension conversions to defined contribution and cash balance plans, the role of information and communications on 401(k) contributions, and government regulation of pensions. His BA in economics is from Millsaps College, and his PhD in Economics is from Duke University.
Julia Coronado is President and Founder of Macro Policy Perspectives. Her research focuses on understanding interactions between financial markets and the real economy, forecasting the US economy, and monetary and fiscal policy. She is also a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and she serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously, she was Chief Economist for Graham Capital Management, L.P., and Chief Economist, North America for BNP Paribas and Senior U.S. Economist at Barclays Capital. She also served as an Economist for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington D.C. She earned her PhD in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Joel M. Dickson is global head of investment research and development, as well as a principal in the Vanguard Investment Strategy Group, where he analyzes trends and developments in the exchange-traded fund (ETF) market and provides research and commentary on related issues. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously, Mr. Dickson was head of the Active Quantitative Equity Group within Vanguard Equity Investment Department; he was also a staff economist at the Federal Reserve Board. His A.B. is from Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
Peter A. Fisher is the founder of Cortus Advisors, a strategic advisory firm focused on helping organizations pursue new sources of growth in revenue, profitability, and entity value through new business development, business model design, market entry strategies, product/service development, customer selection, and pricing strategy. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously he was a partner at Tapestry Networks and managing director at Pyramis Global Advisors; he also worked at Bain & Company and National Economic Research Associates (NERA). He earned his BA in economics at Northwestern University, and his MA and PhD in business economics at Harvard. University.
Peter R. Fisher is a Managing Director and senior director at BlackRock in the Strategy Function, where he leads the firm’s global retirement initiative. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously he was BlackRock’s Chairman of Asia and Head of Fixed Income, taught at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, served as the Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Domestic Finance, worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and was executive vice president and Manager of the Federal Reserve System Open Market Account. He also was a non-executive director of the Financial Services Authority of the UK and a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Agence France Tresor of the French Treasury. Other positions included Board member of AIG, Board member of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He received his JD degree from Harvard Law School and BA in history from Harvard College.
P. Brett Hammond is Research Leader of the Client Analytics Group at the Capital Group, where his research interests include finance, higher education, and public policy. He is also Executive VP of the Institute for Research in Quantitative Finance (Q Group), Trustee of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, editor of the Journal of Retirement, and serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously, he served as Managing Director at MSCI, Chief Investment Strategist at TIAA-CREF, on the staff of The National Academies and a member of the UCLA faculty. He received his BA degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his Ph.D. from MIT.
Mark Iwry is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Scholar at the Wharton School; he also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. He formerly was Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Treasury’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy, Treasury’s Benefits Tax Counsel, a partner in the law firm of Covington & Burling, Of Counsel to Sullivan & Cromwell, and a research professor at Georgetown University. Over his career he has played a central role in initiating and designing ways to enhance retirement savings. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and he earned his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Melissa Kahn is the Managing Director for Retirement Policy for the Defined Contribution team at State Street Global Advisors, where she leads the DC team in developing and communicating the team’s public policy positions as they relate to the retirement market, and she is responsible for cultivating relationships with key retirement policy decision-makers. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously, she consulted on strategic planning, policy analysis, and advocacy work on retirement, long-term care, Social Security, and global employee benefits She also worked at MetLife and the Retirement Strategies Group, the American Council of Life Insurance, and the Equitable Life Assurance Society of America. Her BA is from Cornell University and her JD from Georgetown University.
Emily Kessler is a Senior Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, where she focuses on research and education issues for pension actuaries, as well as on the implications of financial economics for the pension actuarial paradigm and understanding post-retirement risks. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. She received her BA in mathematical methods in the social sciences with an emphasis in sociology from Northwestern University; she is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
Surya Kolluri is head of the TIAA Institute, where he oversees research on enhancing lifelong financial security and organizational effectiveness in higher education and the broader nonprofit sector. He also serves as advisor to the Wharton Social Impact Investing Initiative; serves on Wharton’s Pension Research Council Advisory Board; and sits on the board of the MA/NH Chapter of the US Alzheimer’s Association. Previously he worked at Bank of America, A.T. Kearney, Bain & Co. He earned his MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his Master’s in mechanical engineering from Drexel University.
David Laibson is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he leads Harvard University’s Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative. His research focuses on behavioral economics. He serves on the board of the Health and Retirement Study (for the National Institutes of Health) and Harvard’s Pension Investment Committee; the Academic Research Council of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. He is also a member of the NBER, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned his AB from Harvard University, his MsC from the London School of Economics, and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Annamaria Lusardi is the Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar and Chair Professor of Economics and Accountancy at The George Washington University School of Business, where she heads the GW Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Her research focuses on financial literacy, household debt and decision-making, and personal finance. Previously, she taught at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Columbia Business School, and the Harvard Business School. She earned her BA in Economics from Bocconi University, and her Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.
Jeannine Markoe Raymond is Director of Federal Relations for the National Association of State Retirement Administrators where she advocates for the interests of NASRA members before policymakers; she also is a liaison to other professional associations, interest groups, and policy organizations. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously she was a legislative analyst for the Government Finance Officers Association, and she also worked for the California Debt Advisory Commission within the California State Treasurer’s Office. She received her BA in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and her MS with honors in public administration and intergovernmental management from the University of Southern California.
Nikolai Roussanov is Moise Y. Safra Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. His research focuses on interactions between asset pricing and macroeconomics, including equity, fixed income, currency, and commodity markets; he also explores entrepreneurship and individual financial behavior. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Harvard College and his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Raimond Maurer is the Chair of Investment, Portfolio Management, and Pension Finance at the Finance Department of the Goethe University Frankfurt. He concurrently serves in several professional capacities including the Union Real Estate Investment group, the Society of Actuaries (academic chairman of AFIR), the Association of Certified International Investment Analysts (academic director and member of the International Examination Committee); and the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. His research focuses on asset management, life-time portfolio choice, real estate, and pension finance. He earned his habilitation, dissertation, and diploma in business administration from Mannheim University, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the State University of Finance and Economics of St. Petersburg.
Alicia H. Munnell is the Peter F. Drucker Professor of Management Sciences at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management and the director of the Center for Retirement Research. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council, the Board of The Century Foundation, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Pension Rights Center. She co-founded and was the first President of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Her research interests include tax policy, Social Security, public and private pensions, and productivity. Previously she was a Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy; and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, the M.A. from Boston University, and the Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Michael Orszag is Global Head of Research at WillisTowersWatson, a global actuarial consulting firm. His research interests include pensions, personnel economics, risk management, and insurance. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Pensions and Retirement Income. He earned his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan and his AB in economics from Princeton University.
Anna Rappaport is an actuary, consultant, author, and speaker on the impact of change on retirement systems and workforce issues. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and she serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Her interests include ways to improve retirement security and opportunities for older Americans, including women’s security, disability and defined contribution plans, phased retirement, and improving planning capacity. Previously she worked at Mercer, and she is a past-President of the Society of Actuaries and chairs its Committee on Post-Retirement Needs and Risks. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Catherine Reilly is Director of Retirement Solutions at Smart USA where she focuses on public policy, thought leadership, and strategy. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously she was State Street’s Global Head of Research for the Defined Contribution team working on the target date suite and custom retirement saving solutions; she also led projects evaluating the impact of multiple employer plans, alternative investments, and robo-advice on the DC business. Prior, she was Chief Economist of Pohjola Asset Management in Finland and Management Consultant at McKinsey & Co., Inc. She has degrees in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and economics from Aalto University in Finland; she also studied business at Spain’s ESADE and is a CFA charterholder.
David P. Richardson is a TIAA managing director and head of research at the TIAA Institute, where his research interests include public pensions, employer retirement benefit plans and household financial security. He also serves on the Research Committee of the International Centre for Pension Management, is a trustee of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, and serves on the Advisory board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously he was senior economist for public finance at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and financial economist in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury. He also taught at Georgia State University and Davidson College. Richardson earned his M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Boston College, and his B.B.A. from the University of Georgia.
John Sabelhaus is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and he is also Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Michigan Survey Research Center. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously, he was Assistant Director in the Division of Research and Statistics at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; lecturer at the University of Maryland; Senior Economist at the Investment Company Institute; and Chief of Long Term Modeling at the Congressional Budget Office. He received his PhD and BA in economics from the University of Maryland.
Richard C. Shea is chair of Covington & Burling LLP‘s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice, where he focuses on cash balance, pension equity, and other complex benefit plan designs. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously, he served as Associate Benefits Tax Counsel at the Treasury Department, where, together with his colleagues at the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, he was responsible for developing federal tax legislation and regulations governing employee benefits and executive compensation. He received his AB from Amherst College and his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Kent Smetters is a Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is a Research Associate at the NBER and serves on the Advisory Board for Wharton’s Pension Research Council. His research and policy interests include government debt, Social Security policy, insurance, financial planning; he also studies factors influencing wellbeing among the elderly. Previously he visited Stanford University and served at the US Treasury. He earned his BA degrees in Economics and Computer Science from the Ohio State University, and his Masters and PhD degrees in Economics from Harvard University.
Stephen P. Utkus is a Visiting Scholar and Advisory Board member for The Wharton School’s Pension Research Council. He is also a Fellow at the Center for Financial Markets and Policy at Georgetown University, and serves on the advisory board of the Consumer Finance Institute of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Previously he served as global head of investor research at Vanguard. He earned his BS in Computer Science from MIT and his MBA in finance from the Wharton School.
Jack L. VanDerhei is the Director of Retirement Studies at the Morningstar Center for Retirement & Policy Studies. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council. Previously was Research Director at the Employee Benefit Research Institute, and he taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BBA and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his MA and PhD from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Stephen P. Zeldes is the Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Wharton’s Pension Research Council, and He co-directs the NBER’s Working Group on Household Finance. His research focuses on macroeconomics and household finance, including consumer borrowing, saving, and portfolio choices, social security, public and private pensions, and annuitization. Previously he taught at the Wharton School. He received his BS from Brown University and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.