Aspen Briefs Congress on Retirement, Financial Security

May 24, 2013 ( – The Aspen Institute presented a briefing to Congress last week on retirement and financial security.

The briefing took place on May 16, 2013, and addressed enhancing retirement security for American households. According to the Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security, about half of Americans have no workplace retirement savings plan, so the briefing was an effort to impart to policymakers “the imperative to first expand coverage in order to make saving for retirement easier for all American workers.”

The briefing, moderated by Lisa Mensah, executive director of the Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security, included the following speakers: 

  • Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions;
  • Congressman Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, member, Committee on Ways and Means;
  • John Adler, retirement security campaign director, SEIU;
  • Jamie Kalamarides, chairman and CEO, Prudential Bank and Trust;
  • Judy Miller, director of retirement policy, ASPPA;
  • Eric Rodriguez, vice president, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, National Council of La Raza; and
  • Debra Whitman, executive vice president, Policy, Strategy and International Affairs, AARP. 

The Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security is a policy program that focuses on solutions to help people save, invest and own at every stage of life.

A video of the briefing is available online here.