Advisory Committee Members
Chair of the Committee
Joyce Mader is a partner with the Washington, DC, law firm of O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue LLP. In her practice, she specializes in legal issues related to employee benefit plan administration and compliance with federal law and regulations, with emphasis on multiemployer pension plans. She is a charter fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a member of the governing Council of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Section on Labor and Employment Law, and a frequent speaker before labor, industry and educational groups on issues concerning employee benefit plans. Ms. Mader is a former member and chair of the U.S. Department of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council. She graduated from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in 1976 and received her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1973. In 2011, Ms. Mader was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee, and reappointed in 2014.
Cheryl Alston has been executive director for the Employees' Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas, Texas, since October 2004. She is also a member of the Council of Institutional Investors, the National Council of Public Employee Retirement Systems, the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems and the National Association of Securities Professionals. Ms. Alston also serves as vice-chair of the Volunteer Center of North Texas and a speaker at multiple industry conferences. She has an M.B.A. in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School at New York University and an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, Ms. Alston was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee, and reappointed in 2013.
Donald J. Butt
Donald J. Butt serves on the Board of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association, and is active with the Committee for the Investment of Employee Benefit Assets (CIEBA). Prior to his current engagements, Mr. Butt worked for 40 years at Qwest Communications, retiring as the vice president for operations and defined contribution plans for Qwest Asset Management Co. in 2010. While at Qwest, he was responsible for the design, investment management, and selection of investment options in the company's $3 billion 401(k) plan. He was also part of the senior leadership team responsible for the investment and management of $10 billion in additional employee retirement assets. Mr. Butt has a Bachelor of Science from Metropolitan State College in Denver and an MBA from the University of Denver. In 2014, Mr. Butt was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee.
Robin L. Diamonte
Robin L. Diamonte is the chief investment officer for United Technologies Corp., where she oversees $50 billion in global retirement assets. Prior to that role, she spent 13 years with Verizon Investment Management as managing director of Global Investments. Diamonte is the former chair for the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets (CIEBA), representing more than 100 of the country's largest private sector retirement funds on fiduciary and investment issues in Washington. She also chairs the Pension Management Advisory Committee (PMAC), which advises the NYSE and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Markets Group on the impact of policies and market conditions on institutional investors. Diamonte earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of New Haven. In 2013, Ms. Diamonte was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee.
Regina T. Jefferson
Regina T. Jefferson is a professor of law at the Catholic University of America (CUA), where she teaches courses in Federal Income Taxation, ERISA: Pensions Tax Policy, and Partnership Taxation. She joined the CUA faculty in 1992, and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2000 to 2001. Ms. Jefferson has written extensively on the re-distributional impact of the private retirement system, the tax and actuarial aspects of the funding limitations of defined benefit plans, and the risks of defined contribution plans. She is a member of the Pension Rights Center Board of Directors, the BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter Advisory Board, and the National Institute on Retirement Security Academic Advisory Board. Ms. Jefferson has a Bachelor of Science from Howard University, a law degree from George Washington University, and a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University. In 2015, Ms. Jefferson was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee.
Dallas L. Salisbury
Dallas L. Salisbury is president and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Before joining EBRI at its founding in 1978, he held positions with the Washington State Legislature, U.S. Department of Justice, Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, and PBGC. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors to the Comptroller General of the United States. Mr. Salisbury has been honored with the Award for Professional Excellence from the Society for Human Resource Management, Plan Sponsor Lifetime Achievement Award and Keystone Award of World at Work. He holds a B.A. degree in finance from the University of Washington and an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In 2011, Mr. Salisbury was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee, and reappointed in 2014.