Constance A. Donovan
PBGC Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate
Ms. Donovan is the Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). She was selected by the PBGC Board of Directors to serve in the newly created position under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and in that role, Ms. Donovan acts as liaison between PBGC and participants and plan sponsors of defined benefit plans. The Advocate helps participants with the full attainment of their rights in plans trusteed by the corporation and assists plan sponsors in resolving disputes with the corporation. The Advocate may also propose changes to PBGC administrative practice to mitigate problems as well as suggest legislative changes to address systemic problems.
Ms. Donovan’s prior government service includes the U.S. Department of Treasury where Ms. Donovan was Pension Counsel to the Office of D.C. Pensions and the U.S. Department of Labor where she assisted the Secretary of Labor with the Department’s oversight of the PBGC. Ms. Donovan was also the Chief Executive Officer of the $6.5B New Hampshire Retirement System, the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the District of Columbia Retirement Board and General Counsel of the Montgomery County Maryland Board of Investment Trustees.
Ms. Donovan spent most of her career in business with NCR Corporation where she worked as vice president and held a variety of increasingly responsible positions in the areas of employee benefits, mergers and acquisitions, and employment law. In addition, Ms. Donovan served as a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys Executive Board and Investment Committee Co-Chair. Bar memberships include Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire (retired), and the District of Columbia. Ms. Donovan began her career with the United States Office of Personnel Management in Boston, MA.
Ms. Donovan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Boston College (magna cum laude), received her J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law, and her LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she studied and published under the late U. S. Congressmen John Erlenborn.
Camille M. Castro
SENIOR Associate PBGC Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate
Ms. Castro joined the Office of the Advocate in October 2015 as the Senior Associate PBGC Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate. In this role, she supports the Advocate with her statutory duties and assists with participant and plan sponsor matters.
Ms. Castro previously worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Treasury where she was counsel to the Office of D.C. Pensions. She also worked as a staff attorney for the District of Columbia Retirement Board.
Ms. Castro graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Economics. She received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law where she served as Form and Accuracy Editor of the Syracuse Law Review. She received her LL.M. in Taxation with a certificate in Employee Benefits Law from Georgetown University Law Center. She also earned a Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. She is barred in New York and the District of Columbia.
JAVIER J. DIAZ
ASSOCIATE PBGC PARTICIPANT AND PLAN SPONSOR ADVOCATE
Mr. Diaz joined the Office of the Advocate in October 2018 as the Associate PBGC Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate. Mr. Diaz supports the Advocate in fulfilling her statutory duties to assist participants and plan sponsors in resolving disputes with the corporation.
Prior to joining the Office of the Advocate, Mr. Diaz was an employee benefits associate at a boutique law firm in New York City. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, New York Regional Office enforcing Title I of ERISA.
Mr. Diaz graduated cum laude from Memphis University – Lambuth Campus, with a B.S. in Sociology. He also received an M.S. from Marywood University before receiving his J.D. from Seton Hall University where he served as a publishing member of the Seton Hall Circuit Review Law Journal. He is barred in New York and New Jersey.
LAUREN A. PIERCE
MANAGEMENT AND PROGRAM ANALYST
Ms. Pierce joined the Office of the Advocate in July 2018 as a Management and Program Analyst after working as a detailee to the office under the Pathways Program. Ms. Pierce provides administrative support to the Office of the Advocate staff and assists with participant and plan sponsor matters.
Prior to joining the Office of the Advocate, Ms. Pierce worked as a Pathways Intern for PBGC’s Office of Information Technology from January 2016 to May 2017. Prior to joining PBGC, Ms. Pierce worked at the National Science Foundation as a student intern supporting management of various special grant programs for scientific research.
Ms. Pierce graduated cum laude from Bowie State University with a B.S. in Social Work. She also received a M.A. in Human Resources from Webster University.