NIRS Names New Executive Director

December 21, 2010 ( - The National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) has selected Diane Oakley to serve as the organization’s executive director, effective January 18, 2011.


Oakley comes to NIRS following her service on Capitol Hill as a senior policy advisor on retirement and tax policy issues to Congressman Earl Pomeroy, and 28 years of service at retirement services provider TIAA-CREF, according to the announcement.

According to a press release, Oakley played a key staff role on a range of tax, pension, Social Security, financial services and workforce issues before the U.S. Congress.  As staff to a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee and Chair of the Social Security Subcommittee, she provided policy formulation and legislative strategy.  She also developed a pro-business jobs and tax agenda.  At TIAA-CREF, she held several leadership positions including Vice President for Special Consulting Services and Vice President for Associations and Government Relations. 

Michael Williamson, president and chair of the NIRS board said, “We are honored to have such a capable and experienced expert poised to lead NIRS.  Diane Oakley brings the highest level of energy, commitment, management and industry experience that will further strengthen NIRS’ impact and results.“

Oakley will succeed NIRS’ first executive director, Beth Almeida.  Almeida positioned NIRS as a trusted source of retirement research with a strong, diversified membership and funding base, according to the announcement.  Almeida will remain the executive director until Oakley begins, and will continue to work to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

The National Institute on Retirement Security is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2007 to contribute to informed policymaking by fostering a deep understanding of the value of retirement security to employees, employers, and the economy.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NIRS accomplishes its mission through national research and education programs. 

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