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Diane Oakley, Executive Director, Read Biography

Nari Rhee, PhD, Manager of Research, Read Biography

Rachel Fauber, Manager of Membership Services, Read Biography

Kelly Kenneally, Communication Advisor, Read Biography


Diane Oakley, Executive Director.  In January 2011, Diane Oakley was named executive director of the National Institute on Retirement Security. With the Board of Directors, Oakley leads the organization’s strategic planning, research, and education initiatives.

Before joining NIRS, Ms. Oakley served as senior policy advisor to Congressman Earl Pomeroy, who represented the state of North Dakota.  There, she worked in a bi-partisan fashion with diverse groups to achieve policy solutions. Oakley played a key staff role in formulating legislative strategy on a range of tax, pension, Social Security, financial services, and workforce issues.

Prior to her service on Capitol Hill, Ms. Oakley held leadership positions with TIAA-CREF, a leading financial services provider.   During her 28-year tenure with the organization, she held a number of management, public policy, and technical positions, including vice president for special consulting services and vice president for associations and government relations.

She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Fairfield University, where she graduated Cum Laude.  She earned an M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University.  She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Return to top

Nari Rhee, PhD, Manager of Research.  Nari joined NIRS in September 2012 and brings a wealth of retirement research expertise to NIRS. Most recently, Ms. Rhee served as associate academic specialist at the University of California Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment/Center for Labor Research and Education. There, she conducted policy and economic research on public and private pensions and retirement security with a focus on low- and middle-wage workers.

Ms. Rhee also was a visiting scholar and post-doctoral researcher at the Center doing research on public sector retirement benefits and privatization practices. She has consulted with labor and community organizations on nonstandard workers' access to employer-sponsored health insurance, strategic analysis of state and local government revenue sources, and local jobs and housing policies.

In 2007, she received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley with her expertise in Urban Political Economy, Labor Studies and Economic Geography. Nari holds an M.A. from University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz. Return to top.

Rachel Fauber, Manager of Membership Services.  Rachel Fauber joined the National Institute on Retirement Security in 2011 as a Membership and Communications Associate, and now serves as the Manager of Membership Services. She is the primary point of contact with NIRS members, and works on developing member benefits, member communications, and leads the planning of the NIRS Annual Policy Conference.

Ms. Fauber sits on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Washington D.C., an organization working to advance the careers of young professionals to strengthen and create an inclusive, sustainable, and innovative nonprofit sector. As co-chair of the Professional Development committee, she works on developing robust programming to strengthen personal and professional skills for YNPNdc's young professional members.

Prior to her work at NIRS, Ms. Fauber held positions a Baltimore public relations firm where she provided communications, marketing and social media services to an array of local and national clients. Additionally, she has held communication internships at the Center for American Progress and Green America. While completing her undergraduate studies at Towson University, she served as editor in chief of The Towerlight, the twice-weekly campus and community newspaper where she received recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists for her editorial writing. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in mass communication and environmental studies. Return to top

Kelly Kenneally, Communication Advisor.  Kelly Kenneally has been providing communications counsel to the National Institute on Retirement Security since its founding in February 2007. She works with NIRS on its national communication and education initiatives.  On behalf of NIRS, she has authored several reports including Pensions and Retirement Security 2011: A Roadmap for Policymakers.

Ms. Kenneally has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of communications and public affairs. In recent years, she has consulted with national trade organizations, states, and municipalities on retirement security issues. She also has worked with government, for profit and non-profit organizations to develop and implement strategic communication programs.

Prior to establishing a consulting practice, Ms. Kenneally served in the White House as Associate Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. She also has held public affairs and communications positions at Micron Electronics, MCI WorldCom, Edelman Public Relations, and the American Nuclear Energy Council. She began her career as a legislative assistant with the Maryland General Assembly. She holds a B.A. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, and has undertaken graduate coursework at The George Washington University in the political management program. Return to top