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The 2014 Pension 40: Jordan Marks

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Jordan Marks
Executive Director
National Public Pension Coalition
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It’s been a busy year for Jordan Marks and the National Public Pension Coalition. The Washington-based not-for-profit was established in 2007 in response to Alaska’s decision to terminate its defined benefit pension plan for state workers. Funded by seven of the U.S.’s major unions, including the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers and the Service Employees International Union, NPPC’s mission is to counter attacks on defined benefit pension plans. As the organization’s executive director, Marks, 35, has been front and center in efforts to coordinate and assist campaigns across the U.S. Surprisingly, Marks says he’s gratified by how his side fared in the 2014 midterm elections. “This was not a bad year for pensions,” he says. NPPC won almost all its legislative and ballot initiatives, and helped defeat a measure in Phoenix that would have switched new city employees into a 401(k) system. NPPC often faces deep-pocketed opponents, including the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (No. 2), which poured money into the Phoenix initiative. But Marks, who has served as a staffer to former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania policy director for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, believes that the power of NPPC’s message has not just helped the coalition prevail but has slowed the pace of attacks on traditional pensions. “People don’t like to see public employees get hurt,” he says.

The 2014 Pension 40

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Bruce Rauner
Illinois
John and
Laura Arnold

Laura and John
Arnold Foundation
Randi Weingarten
American Federation of Teachers
Rahm Emanuel
Chicago
David Boies
Boies, Schiller & Flexner
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Randy DeFrehn
National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans
Damon Silvers
AFL-CIO
Laurence Fink
BlackRock
Chris Christie
New Jersey
Robin Diamonte
United Technologies Corp.
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Ted Eliopoulos
California Public Employees’ Retirement System
John Kline
Minnesota
J. Mark Iwry
U.S. Treasury Department
Gina Raimondo
Rhode Island
Phyllis Borzi
U.S. Labor Department
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Orrin Hatch
Utah
Abigail Johnson
Fidelity Investments
Ted Wheeler
Oregon
Caitlin Long
Morgan Stanley
James Hoffa
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
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Amy Kessler
Prudential Financial
Alejandro
García Padilla

Puerto Rico
Christopher Klein
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Caifornia
Steven Rhodes
Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Kevin de León
California
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David Draine
Pew Charitable Trusts
Jordan Marks
National Public Pension Coalition
Sam Liccardo
California
Joshua Rauh
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Karen Ferguson and Karen Friedman
Pension Rights Center
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Timothy Blake
Moody’s Investors Service
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Center for Retirement Initiatives, Georgetown University
Edward (Ted) Siedle
Benchmark Financial Services
Daniel Loeb
Third Point
Judy Mares
Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Labor Department
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Andrew Biggs
American Enterprise Institute
Andy Stern
Columbia University
Kenneth Mehlman
KKR & Co.
Teresa Ghilarducci
New School for Social Research
A. Melissa Moye
U.S. Treasury Department


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