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.
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.