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Annette Guarisco Fildes is President and CEO of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), leading the association's public policy advocacy mission. ERIC is the only national association that advocates exclusively for large employers on health, retirement, and compensation public policies on the federal, state, and local levels, representing the large plan sponsor perspective only.
Annette is a strategic public policy and political counselor with over 30 years of experience involving complex legislative and regulatory matters in the U.S. and abroad.
Annette served as counsel to Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott, advising on key tax and benefits legislation, and at the Dewey Ballantine law firm. She began her legal career at the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel.
Annette’s corporate experience is extensive. As a member of the senior executive team at General Motors, she led federal legislative affairs and political and grassroots advocacy at the federal, state and international levels, and advised the GM Board of Directors on global public policy. Annette was an executive with Honeywell International government affairs, and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association.
Annette has a B.B.A. in Finance and a law degree from Hofstra University, as well as a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. She authored “Employer’s Guide to Fringe Benefits” with Mary B. Hevener and numerous legal and policy articles. Annette speaks regularly on public policy and politics, and the challenges and opportunities facing companies attempting to provide health, retirement, and compensation benefits to workers and families across the country, amidst a maze of federal, state, and local rules and regulations.
James Gelfand is Senior Vice President, Health Policy. He works with ERIC members to develop and advance public policies to support their ability to design and administer health plans, including legislative and regulatory advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels.
James has broad experience across the health care policy spectrum, including insurance, coverage, quality, reimbursement, innovation, benefits, government programs, and many other related issues. He has served as a member of numerous quality and coverage groups, on the steering committee of various coalitions, and as a featured speaker at many conferences, panels, and summits. James has significant media experience, having been featured in numerous television programs, major publications, and widely listened-to radio shows.
James comes to ERIC after leading a number of successful legislative initiatives as Director of Federal Affairs at the March of Dimes Foundation. Prior to this, he served as Associate Project Director for Luntz Global Partners, where he helped spearhead the firm’s political practice during the 2014 election. He also worked for four years on Capitol Hill, serving as counsel to Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee, and to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee, covering health care and other Senate Finance Committee issues.
James served four years as a lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he directed the trade association’s health policy team throughout the health reform process. Prior to that, he was a lobbyist for ERIC, where he assisted in building a number of successful initiatives that are ongoing today.
James earned his J.D. at George Washington University Law School, and his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Legal Studies at Northwestern University.
Will Hansen is the Senior Vice President of Retirement and Compensation Policy for The ERISA Industry Committee. Will is leading ERIC’s efforts to develop and advocate for retirement and compensation public policies priorities for ERIC member companies at the federal, state, and local levels.
Will joined ERIC from the Holland America Group where he served as Senior Manager of Global Employee Benefits overseeing employee benefit programs for five cruise brands under the Carnival Corporate umbrella. Prior to joining Holland America, he was the Manager of Global Employee Benefits at Princess Cruises.
Will also served as the Executive Director of the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee, as well as Legislative Counsel for Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), advising the Senator on tax, pension, budget, and social security issues as well as the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank Financial Reform, and the Payroll Tax Conference of 2012, and as Legislative Director for Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). As an employee benefits attorney with McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Will supported the litigation department on ERISA cases, including the unanimous Supreme Court decision in Beck v. Pace International Union.
Will received his law degree and LL.M. in Employee Benefits from The John Marshall Law School and his undergraduate degree from Murray State University.
Kelly Broadway is the Senior Director of Communications. She is responsible for setting and guiding ERIC’s strategy for all communications, website, and public relations outreach. All press inquiries should be directed to Kelly at email@example.com.
Prior to joining ERIC, Kelly served as the spokesperson and Communications Specialist for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). She has also worked as a television news producer. In 2006, she received an Emmy award for her coverage of deadly tornadoes that swept through middle Tennessee.
Kelly is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Adam Greathouse is a Public Policy Senior Associate and lawyer, working on health policy development and advocacy. Adam works with James Gelfand to advance ERIC member priorities on federal health policy as well as state policy on biologics/biosimilars, assessments on health plans, state innovation waivers, and telemedicine.
Adam joined ERIC from U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s (R-IL) office. Prior to working for Sen. Kirk, Adam served as Village Attorney for Village of West Salem, IL providing counsel to the mayor and Board. He also practiced law as an Associate Attorney for Gosnell, Borden, Enloe, Sloss & McCullough, Ltd.
Adam received his law degree from Valparaiso University Law School and attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for his undergraduate degree.
Bryan Hum is a Public Policy Senior Associate and lawyer, working on retirement and compensation policy development and advocacy. Bryan works with Will Hansen to advance ERIC member priorities on federal defined benefit, defined contribution and compensation legislative and regulatory matters, as well as state retirement plan policies and paid sick and parental leave.
Bryan’s previous experience includes working as a Legislative Analyst Fellow for Monument Policy Group, at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, on Capitol Hill for former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), and as a Law Clerk for McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. and Hodgson Russ, L.L.P.
Bryan earned his law degree from the Albany School of Law and his Bachelor’s from North Carolina State University.
Deborah Chin is the Senior Vice President, Strategic Development. She is responsible for member services, recruitment and retention efforts, and meeting planning. Deborah is also the Treasurer of The ERISA Industry Committee PAC and is a member of ERIC’s senior management team.
Deborah previously served as the Vice President, Administration for ERIC. She was responsible for ERIC’s business operations, finances, and membership services.
She was Director, Registration & Housing for The Direct Marketing Association. She has also served as Director of Administration and Editor, Search Connection at the Association of Executive Search Consultants.
Deborah is active member of the American Society of Association Executives and serves on its Foundation Development Committee. Deborah is an ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program scholar (Class of 2014-2016). She earned her Certified Association Executive designation in May 2008.
She mentors candidates for the CAE examination and has written CAE preparation materials. She previously served as chair of the CAE Community Outreach Committee of ASAE and was a content leader and facilitator at ASAE’s CAE Immersion Course.
Deborah’s past community service includes serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bay Theatre Company, running community blood drives, and serving as a Eucharistic minister at her church
Carla Camacho is ERIC’s Director of Operations. She spearheads and maintains the association's cross-functional initiatives which include business operations, finance, human resources, and administrative support.
With over a decade long career in operations and accounting across the country, Carla has directly aided business leaders in reaching their mission and financial goals by streamlining processes and developing long-term planning for company sustainability and growth.
Prior to joining ERIC, Carla served as Office, Human Resources and Accounting Manager for OvS, Inc. overseeing and administering payroll, managing vendors, and onboarding new hires. Carla was also the Business Manager at TS Adams Studio, Architects, Inc. where she was responsible for supervising the company’s business functions for several office locations. Carla also served as the Executive Assistant and Office Manager for WayOut, Inc. and Seattle Brands.
Carla holds an M.B.A. from Saint Martin's University and a B.S. in Accounting and Business from Central Washington University, where she served as Director of Recruitment.
Kevin Blais is ERIC’s Member Services Associate. Kevin works for ERIC’s CEO to help advance ERIC priorities and to support the organization.
Kevin joined ERIC from Venn Strategies, where he was an Operations Associate. Kevin managed daily business operations for the 27 person lobby firm, managed vendor contracts, scheduled Hill meetings, and coordinated firm and client events.
He also Capitol Hill experience, interning in the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA), and interning for the Senator Ed Markey’s (D-MA) campaign.
Kevin is a graduate of The Catholic University of America.
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