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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.
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. Serving as counsel to Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott, Annette advised on key tax and benefits legislation. She began her legal career at the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel and later practiced law at the Dewey Ballantine law firm.
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.
Aliya Robinson is Senior Vice President of Retirement and Compensation Policy. She leads 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.
Aliya has more than 20 years of experience. She previously served as the Executive Director of Retirement Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where she was responsible for developing, promoting, and publicizing the Chamber’s policy on employer-provided retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation, and Social Security. She led the Chamber’s efforts on several pieces of retirement legislation, most notably the Pension Protection Act of 2006 and the Multiemployer Reform Act of 2014.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Aliya practiced employee benefits law advising clients on issues relating to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code for retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and fringe benefit plans. Additionally, she worked on multiemployer pension plan compliance under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and various areas of corporate tax, including corporate restructuring, implementation of cafeteria plans, and compliance with tax reporting obligations.
Aliya is a fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and is a member of the Tax Coalition and the ERISA Roundtable. She is the Qualified Plans Subcommittee Co-chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the ABA Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association and a contributing editor to the American Bar Association Treatise on Employee Benefits Law.
Aliya is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she also received a Master of Laws in Taxation. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and African studies from Yale University.
LeAnne Wilson is Vice President, Membership and Strategic Partnerships for The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC). She is responsible for developing, growing, and managing partnerships to build resources and a voice for the nation’s largest employers.
LeAnne is an experienced national trade association senior executive with proven results in Fortune 500 CEO membership recruitment, growth, and retention. She has successfully led strategic development and implementation of membership programs that significantly increased dues revenue at both the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Business Roundtable (BRT). At BRT, she served as Senior Vice President, responsible for developing member retention, recruitment, and services. While there, LeAnne also oversaw the association’s CEO quarterly meetings. She served as Chief Operating Officer, then Senior Vice President of Membership at NAM.
Before her work with that association, LeAnne served as a Senior Consultant with Bingham Consulting Group LLC. She also worked for many years with then-Governor John Engler in a number of different capacities, including 12 years as director of the State of Michigan office in Washington, D.C.
A native of Michigan, LeAnne holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan.
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.
Dillon Clair is a Public Policy Associate and lawyer, working on retirement and compensation policy development and advocacy. Dillon works with Aliya Robinson 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.
Prior to joining ERIC, Dillon co-founded and served as Policy Director at CrowdLobby,LLC. identifying and tracking the progress of key legislation during the Virginia General Assembly Session. Dillon also worked for the Office of the Attorney General Virginia researching comprehensive issues faced by state agencies and for McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.tracking the progression of legislation through the 2017 General Assembly.
Dillon received his law degree from the University of Richmond and his undergraduate degree from Mount St Mary’s University.
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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