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John Scott Project Director

John Scott directs Pew’s retirement savings project, which conducts original research and works with experts and policymakers to understand the barriers to retirement savings in the United States; policy initiatives that might increase retirement savings; and whether strengthening the disclosure of fees can help employers and employees make better decisions about retirement plans.

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Alison Shelton Senior Officer

Alison Shelton conducts research on access to and participation in retirement savings plans such as 401(k)s and auto-IRAs as part of Pew’s retirement savings team. Before joining Pew, Shelton worked at AARP’s Public Policy Institute

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Kim Olson Senior Officer

Kim Olson provides expertise and technical assistance to state governments studying, legislating, or implementing auto-IRA programs as part of Pew's retirement savings team. Prior to joining Pew, Olson served as policy director to Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read. In this role, she designed policies, wrote program rules, and advanced legislation to help Oregonians save for the future, most notably through the first auto-IRA program in the United States, OregonSaves. Olson also served as a senior adviser at the Behavioral Insights Team, where she used behavioral science concepts to inform policy and improve public services in state and city government. She began her career in the U.S. Foreign Service in diplomatic assignments at the U.S. embassies in Bern, Switzerland, and Ankara, Turkey. Olson holds a bachelor's degree in international studies and German from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in German and European studies from Georgetown University.

Desiree A. Hung Officer

Desiree A. Hung is a member of Pew’s retirement savings team, providing advice, outreach, and technical assistance to state governments considering or implementing auto-IRA programs. Before joining Pew, Hung served as a chief lobbyist for AARP Pennsylvania. Serving 17 years in this role, Hung worked on many issues affecting Pennsylvania citizens, including retirement savings, housing, transportation, broadband access, Social Security, and Medicare. She is also the co-author of How to Start a Business in Pennsylvania. Hung received a bachelor’s degree in judicial history from Sweet Briar College and a Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University.

Andrew Blevins Principal Associate

Andrew Blevins is a principal associate for policy with Pew’s retirement savings project. He provides research and analysis on barriers to retirement savings, retirement policy proposals, and retirement plan fees to policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders at the state and federal levels. Earlier, Blevins worked with Pew’s consumer banking project, researching the accounts that Americans rely on to manage their daily finances. Before joining Pew, he conducted research at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago with a focus on community development. Blevins holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lawrence University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

Mark Hines Senior Associate

Mark Hines is a senior research associate with Pew’s retirement savings project. He uses survey research and program and administrative data to study the barriers to, and motivations for, saving for retirement. These include the role of plan fees, public perceptions of state and federal retirement policy proposals, and attitudes toward participation in retirement savings programs. Before joining Pew, Hines was a policy analyst at the U.S. Social Security Administration, where he worked on policies related to insurance benefits for children and surviving spouses, and the implementation of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision. Hines holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown. 

Theron Guzoto Senior Associate

Theron Guzoto is a senior research associate with Pew’s retirement savings project. He investigates the barriers to saving for retirement, the implications of current state and federal policy proposals for increasing saving, and the impact of retirement plan fee disclosures. Before joining Pew, Guzoto was a policy fellow at the Center for Community Change, conducting research and analyses on the Social Security program. He has researched political economy and governance at Georgetown University. Guzoto holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Western Washington University.