Closing the Gap: Understanding and Managing State Pension and Retiree Health Benefits

Date: June 21, 2011 - June 22, 2011

Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E Street N.W.

Washington, DC 20004


What do state policy makers need to know to effectively manage the long-term costs of public employee pensions and retiree health benefits? What are the options, the risks and the repercussions if states want to bend the curve on retirement costs? This invitation-only event will present the best information available from research, peers with first-hand experience and leading experts.
It is designed exclusively for state officials and legislators with key responsibility for public pension and retirement issues.  Guests from Congress, local government, labor, business and the financial world also have been invited to provide a broader perspective.

Confirmed speakers: 

Robert Attmore, Chairman, The Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Keith Brainard, Research Director, National Association of State Retirement Administrators
Robin Prunty, Managing Director, Ratings Services, Standard and Poor’s
Mark R. Zehner, Deputy Chief, Municipal Securities and Public Pensions, Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division
Meredith Williams, Executive Director, Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association
Gina Raimondo, General Treasurer, Rhode Island
John Nixon, Budget Director, Michigan; President, National Association of State Budget Offices
Kim Nicholl, Senior Vice President, the Segal Company
Ron Snell, National Conference of State Legislatures
Bill Heath, State Senator, Georgia, Chair, Finance Committee; former chair, Retirement Committee
Janet Hansen, Vice President and Director of Education Studies, Committee for Economic Development
Phyllis Chambers, Director, Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems
John Abraham, Director, American Federation of Teachers’ AFT + Plus Benefits Department
Dean Mead, Research Manager, The Government Accounting Standards Board
David Lang, President, The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
Michael Morfe, Senior Vice President, Aon Hewitt
Michael Cooper, national correspondent, The New York Times
Elizabeth K. Kellar, Executive Director, Center for State and Local Government Excellence
James L. McAneny, Executive Director, Pennsylvania’s Public Employee Retirement Commission

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