People

Dan Doonan

Executive Director

In March 2019, Dan Doonan was named executive director of the National Institute on Retirement Security. With the Board of Directors, Doonan leads the organization’s strategic planning, retirement research and education initiatives.

With more than 20 years of experience, Doonan began his career at the Department of Labor as a mathematical statistician. He then spent seven years performing actuarial analysis with Buck Consultants in their retirement practice. His experience also includes positions as a research director and labor economist.

He comes to NIRS after serving as a senior pension specialist with the National Education Association. There he co-authored Characteristics of Large Public Education Pension Plans, a detailed report this is considered to be a definitive resource of information about large public education retirement plans.

Doonan holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Elizabethtown College.

 


Tyler Bond

Research Manager

Tyler Bond was named manager of research with the National Institute on Retirement Security in March 2019. Working with the executive director, he oversees the planning and development of all NIRS research products.

Previously, Bond directed research programs with the National Public Pension Coalition, and he has held positions on Capitol Hill and at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Bond holds a B.A. in political science from Indiana University and an M.A. in public policy from The George Washington University.

 


Nicole Dascenzo

Manager of Membership Services

Nicole Dascenzo joined the National Institute on Retirement Security in 2019 as manager of membership services. Working with the executive director, she oversees membership development and member relations programs.

She comes to NIRS after working as a staff assistant in the U.S. Senate. In the office of Senator Sherrod Brown, she managed the front office and served as a liaison to Ohioans. Dascenzo also coordinated a high volume of constituent tours, provided support to the legislative and media staff, and assisted with managing the intern program.

Dascenzo also served as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives in the office of Congressman Tim Ryan. There, she worked with constituents to help address a range of issues, conducted policy research, and assisted with media relations and social media.

She also held an internship with the Youngstown Business Incubator where she developed the organization’s blog, managed social media, and assisted with grant proposals and business events. As a government affairs intern with Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, Dascenzo supported the local business campaign week, including coordination with local businesses and government officials. She also developed social media content to highlight economic opportunities in Ohio.

Dascenzo earned her B.S. degree from Ohio University with a major in journalism and a minor in political science.

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Kelly Kenneally

Communication Advisor

Kelly Kenneally has been providing communications counsel to the National Institute on Retirement Security since its founding in February 2007. On behalf of NIRS, she has authored several reports, including the organization’s biennial public opinion research.

Kenneally has more than 25 years of experience in the field of communications and public affairs. In recent years, she has consulted with national 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, 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.