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The 2015 Pension 40: Teresa Ghilarducci

No. 33 Teresa Ghilarducci, Labor Economist / New School for Social Research

Teresa Ghilarducci
Labor Economist / New School for Social Research
Last year’s rank: 39

A longtime advocate of adequate retirement benefits for American workers, author and economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci serves on committees and study groups hoping to solve the U.S. retirement-income-security crisis. For example, she’s a member of the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, which is looking to improve Social Security, defined benefit pensions and defined contribution plans. “We’re on the road to what everyone expects has to happen,” says the ever-upbeat Ghilarducci, 58, who taught at the University of Notre Dame for 25 years before moving to New York’s New School for Social Research, where she heads the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. She argues for the creation of a system “with adequate accumulation, investment and payout structure. It’s not rocket science. It’s the elements of very good pension design.” Ghilarducci finds she can present her ideas about pension design in an ever-growing number of forums. Currently Ghilarducci is an unpaid adviser to the Hillary Clinton campaign and a longtime member of the Government Accountability Office’s retirement policy advisory panel. In February she was tapped by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer to serve with five other academics to help design a retirement plan for full-time workers without access to workplace plans.

The 2015 Pension 40

1. Bruce Rauner
2. John & Laura Arnold
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
3. Chris Christie
New Jersey
4. Randi Weingarten
AmericanFederation of Teachers
5. Phyllis Borzi
U.S. Department of Labor
6. Kevin de León
7. Alejandro García Padilla
Commonwealth ofPuerto Rico
8. Laurence Fink
9. Rahm Emanuel
10. Sean McGarvey
North AmericanBuilding Trades Unions
11. John Kline
12. J. Mark Iwry
U.S. TreasuryDepartment
13. Damon Silvers
14. Jeffrey Immelt
General Electric Co.
15. Joshua Gotbaum
Brookings Institution
16. Robin Diamonte
United Technologies Corp.
17. Mark Mullet
18. Terry O'Sullivan
Laborers' International Union of North America
19. Raymond Dalio
Bridgewater Associates
20. Ted Wheeler
21. Thomas Nyhan
Central States Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund
22. Karen Ferguson & Karen Friedman
Pensions Rights Center
23. Randy DeFrehn
National Coordinating Committee forMultiemployer Plans
24. Robert O'Keef
Motorola Solutions
25. Caitlin Long
Morgan Stanley
26. Kenneth Feinberg
The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg
27. Orrin Hatch
28. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Center for Retirement Initiatives, Georgetown University
29. Ian Lanoff
Groom Law Group
30. Joshua Rauh
Stanford Graduate School of Business
31. Ted Eliopoulos
California Public Employees' Retirement System
32. Edward (Ted) Siedle
Benchmark Financial Services
33. Teresa Ghilarducci
New School for Social Research
34. Denise Nappier
35. W. Thomas Reeder Jr.
Pension BenefitGuaranty Corp.
36. Hank Kim
National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems
37. Paul Singer
Elliott Management Corp.
38. Bailey Childers
National PublicPension Coalition
39. Amy Kessler
Prudential Financial
40. Judy Mares
U.S. Labor Department

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