2022 Conference Highlights

On February 28 – March 1, 2022, NIRS held its 13th Annual Retirement Policy Conference, Recentering Retirement: Innovation and the Path Ahead, in Washington D.C.

The conference was attended by more than 120+ retirement policy experts from across the country for an important conversation on improving the retirement security outlook for all Americans. The conference agenda included keynotes and panel discussions on retirement tax incentives, innovative public pension funding strategies, the current state of the teaching workforce, and revisiting pension changes in three key states.

We invite you to review the conference materials:


The conference featured distinguished thought leaders including:

Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Social Security Administration



Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Secretary’s Representative for Pensions and Retirement, U.S. Department of Labor


Jim McDonald, Chief Investment Strategist, Northern Trust

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Cassandra Lichnock, Chief Executive Officer, CalSTRS

Dan Domenech, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators

Darryl Mabini, Assistant Vice President, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

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Avery Frix, Oklahoma State Representative, 13th District

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Presentations from other expert speakers included:

Tyler Bond, Research Manager, NIRS

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Caroline Bruckner, Managing Director, Kogod Tax Policy Center

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David Mitchell, Director of Government and External Relations, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

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Joe Fox, Executive Director, Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System

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The conference also showcased presentations from the winners of the Innovative Public Pension Funding Strategies Contest:

Introductory and closing remarks from Ellen Kleinstuber, Chief Actuary, Bolton, and President, Conference of Consulting Actuaries



The Cost of Stability: A Case Study by Robert (Andy) Blough, FSA, EA, MAAA, FCA and Seth Stock, MBA

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Risk-Based Funding Policy Description by Bill Winningham, Michelle Boyles, Aaron Shapiro, and David Kent

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Reserve Fund Stabilized Contribution Policy – A Model Public Pension Funding Policy by David Draine

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