NAGDCA’s Committees

As a member-driven organization, NAGDCA’s success is driven by the involvement of its volunteers. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the selfless impact of our committee members. Whether helping to plan the NAGDCA Annual Conference, developing our Benchmarking Survey, or promoting our Legislative Priorities, our committee members apply their expertise to making NAGDCA the most effective association of its kind.

Learn more about our organizational committees below:

The NAGDCA Annual Conference Committee

The NAGDCA Annual Conference Committee is responsible for developing the premier event in the public sector defined contribution industry. From engaging speakers to national deep technical learning sessions to fun, interactive networking events, the NAGDCA Annual Conference has it all, and our volunteers plan each event from beginning to end under the guidance of some of the best event planners in the business.

Josh Luskin

Josh Luskin, Chair


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Vincent Galindo

Hyas Group

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Beverly Freeman

Public Utility District #1 of Chelan County

Claudette Grant

Capital Group | American Funds

Stephanie O’Dear

Empower Retirement

Jacob Peacock

AndCo Consulting

Jamie Salafia

Voya Financial

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Andrea Sharayha

Houston Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund

The NAGDCA Audit Committee

The Audit Committee works to ensure NAGDCA’s regulation compliance and financial strength for the future.

Rob Boehmer

Rob Boehmer

State of Nevada

Darlene Malaney

Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller

Kelly Hiers

Virginia Retirement System

Jake O’Shaughnessy

SageView Advisory Group

The NAGDCA Awards Committee

NAGDCA’s members are constantly developing innovative solutions to public sector retirement challenges. The NAGDCA Annual Awards Committee has the challenge of finding the most brilliant and effective campaigns from across the country, and bringing them national attention. Through careful selection and engaged debate, our committee members determine who among their peers truly shines brightest.

Keith Mekenney, Chair


Rasch Cousineau, Vice-Chair

Hyas Group

Kim Burch-Garcia

County of Los Angeles

Gavin Gruenberg

Voya Financial

Robert Luciani

Prudential Retirement

Michelle Rappa

Michelle Rappa

Neuberger Berman

Brooke Rowden


The NAGDCA Benchmarking Committee

Data is at the heart of all good decision making, and in today’s complex environment our members need comprehensive, accurate information so they can provide the best retirement options to their employees. The NAGDCA Benchmarking Survey and Perspectives in Practice report are the most complete data sets available in public sector defined contribution. NAGDCA’s Benchmarking Committee carefully curates the survey each year to gather essential information to help our members answer the industry’s most pressing questions.

Mikaylee O'Connor

Mikaylee O’Connor, Chair

RVK, Inc.

Angela Jung

Angela Jung, Vice-Chair

County of Los Angeles

Ferber Benchmarking

Steve Ferber


Andee Gravitt


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Amy Heyel

Voya Financial

Prahb Kaur

Prabh Kaur


Julie Klassen

Prudential Retirement

Darlene Malaney

Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller

Seth Miller

Washington State Department of Retirement Systems

The NAGDCA Industry Committee

The NAGDCA Industry Committee offers a unique opportunity for our private sector partners to use their skills to make an impact in the government defined contribution market. Each member is voted onto the committee by their peers to a six-year term, culminating in the role of Industry President. The Industry Committee is also responsible for planning the Industry Roundtable, and for representing the voice of our private sector members.

Ketul Thaker, President

Voya Financial

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Vice President


Kathleen Wilson

Kathleen Wilson, Secretary


Whiting Industry

Andrew Whiting, Treasurer

J.P. Morgan

Stephanie Biddle, Member-at-Large

Prudential Retirement

Rob Dwyer, Member-at-Large

Empower Retirement

Jake O'Shaughnessy

Jake O’Shaughnessy, Past-President

SageView Advisory Group

Sandy Blair, NAGDCA President


The NAGDCA Legislative Committee 

NAGDCA is the voice of state and local public plan sponsors at the federal level, and the NAGDCA Legislative Committee is responsible for ensuring our message reflects the needs of our members. Each year the committee works in concert with our Government Affairs Director to develop NAGDCA’s Legislative Priorities. Our priorities are then presented annually to regulators, members of Congress, and their staff, so that the voice of even our smallest member reaches key decision-makers to drive change.

Sandy Blair, Chair


Chris Biddle

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Collister Legislative

Marilyn Collister

Empower Retirement

Beth Conradson Cleary

City of Milwaukee


Marla Kreindler

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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David Levine

Groom Law Group

Kimberly Shockley

State of Rhode Island

Melanie Walker

Melanie Walker

Segal Group

The NAGDCA Publications Committee 

NAGDCA’s members represent the most talented and well-informed experts from across the public sector defined contribution landscape. Our Publications Committee is responsible for distilling the ideas of this considerable knowledge base into best practices each year. The result is a set of issue briefs and best practice guides that provide a rich resource of examples for our members to use in their day to day work.

Trampus Bright

Trampus Bright, Chair

Voya Financial

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Jennifer Selliers, Vice-Chair

State of Tennessee Department of Treasury

Ted Disabato

Meketa Investment Group

Marty Flynn

Clark County Reclamation District

Ben Kemper

County of Los Angeles

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Patrick Ray

Nationwide Financial

If you are interested in joining one of NAGDCA’s operational committees, contact us!