Pensions and Retirement Security Policy Academy

Thursday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST
For more information, contact Jennifer Burnett, director of fiscal and economic development policy, at (859) 244-8114 or This session is open to all CSG National Conference attendees, please RSVP upon registration for the conference.
Public pensions continue to be a topic of great concern to state policymakers. It is, however, one that is multifaceted, and diving into its complexities can be a daunting task. This session will begin with Pensions 101, an overview of pension and retirement security issues facing states. The afternoon will move into Pensions 201, diving deeper into state reform efforts, attempts to balance public employee benefits with fiscal responsibility and emerging trends in policy and governance.



Dana Bilyeu
Executive Director, National Association of State Retirement Administrators
Bilyeu was appointed as executive director of NASRA in September 2013. Previously, she served as the executive officer of the Public Employees' Retirement System of Nevada, where she was responsible for all aspects of fund management including analysis of plan funding, investment oversight, operational and strategic planning, and fiduciary and governance issues. Bilyeu also served for eight years as the Nevada retirement system's operations officer, overseeing benefit administration, including survivor, disability, and retirement programs.
Keith Brainard
Research Director, National Association of State Retirement Administrators
As research director, Brainard collects, prepares and distributes to NASRA members news, studies and reports pertinent to public retirement system administration and policy. Brainard is co-author of The Governmental Plans Answer Book, Third Edition, and he created and maintains the Public Fund Survey, an online compendium of public pension data sponsored by NASRA. He created the State & Local Pension Exchange, predecessor to the Public Fund Survey and recipient of the Award for Excellence in Government Finance from the Government Finance Officers Association. Brainard has discussed public pension issues before Congress, state legislative committees, public pension boards of trustees and on multiple media outlets.
Brian Guthrie
Executive Director, The Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Richard Hiller
Senior Vice President, Central and Midwest Regions and Head of National Government and Religious Markets
Hiller is responsible for defining, developing, building and delivering the TIAA-CREF approach for pension, supplemental savings and retiree health care to state and local government employers and employees. In this role, he has partnered with state and local government leaders across the country to help address the retirement needs of state workers while operating within the often complex realities of public financial systems. He advocates for an approach to public sector retirement that takes into account a series of key principles that offer the retiree an adequate income stream throughout retirement while mitigating the long-term risks to the public.
Rep. Steven Johnson


Elizabeth K. Kellar
President/CEO, Center for State and Local Government Excellence
Kellar oversees the Center for State and Local Government Excellence’s research, partnerships and outreach.  She speaks and writes about workforce, retirement, ethics and intergovernmental issues for a variety of audiences. Kellar also serves as deputy executive director for the International City/County Management Association and leads ICMA’s public policy team. She has served as ICMA’s ethics advisor, where she launched a monthly ethics column; was editor of Ethical Insight, Ethical Action; wrote Ethos; and developed ethics training programs. She also served two terms on the Montgomery County Maryland Ethics Commission.
Hank Kim
Executive Director and Counsel, National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems
Kim directs the day-to-day operation of the largest public pension trade association in the United States. His responsibilities include strategic planning for the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems, promoting retirement security for all workers through access to defined benefit pension plans, and the expansion of NCPERS’ role in the continuing debate on health care.
Robert Klausner
Principal, Klausner, Kaufman, Jensen & Levinson
For 35 years, Klausner has been engaged in the practice of law, specializing in the representation of public employee pension funds.  The firm represents state and local retirement systems in more than 20 states. Klausner has assisted in the drafting of many state and local laws on public employee retirement throughout the nation. He is a frequent speaker on pension education programs and has also published numerous articles on fiduciary obligations of public employee pension trustees. He is also co-author of the book State and Local Government Employment Liability, published by Thomson-West Publishers, and is the author of the first comprehensive book on the law of public employee retirement systems, State and Local Government Retirement Law: A Guide for Lawyers, Trustees, and Plan Administrators, published in April 2009 with an expanded version published in July 2011. 
Adrian Moore
Vice President, Policy, Reason Foundation
Moore is vice president of policy at Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Moore leads Reason's policy implementation efforts and conducts his own research on topics such as privatization, government and regulatory reform, air quality, transportation and urban growth, prisons, and utilities. Moore, who has testified before Congress on several occasions, regularly advises federal, state and local officials on ways to streamline government and reduce costs.