Brian H. Graff, Esq., APM, is CEO of the American Retirement Association, the umbrella organization that encompasses ASPPA, ACOPA, NAPA and NTSA. He started with the organization in November 1996. Brian oversees operations, is a member of the Executive Committee, and working with ARA’s Board of Directors, charts the strategic direction for the organization. During his tenure, ARAA has grown from a budget of $1.6 million to more than $13 million. Today, the five sister organizations represent more than 15,000 retirement plan professionals and provide advocacy, specialized education and training, networking, and business intelligence to a growing membership base.
Brian is also a well-known industry speaker, frequently presenting at company and industry conferences on behalf of the employer-sponsored retirement plan system. He is also regularly sought after by the trade and mainstream media, and has been quoted or interviewed by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg TV.
Brian was formerly Legislation Counsel to the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation, where he provided policy and technical analysis relating to pensions and employee benefits, health care and Social Security to members of Congress. While working for Congress, he participated in the development of legislation, including the Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Brian was associated with the Washington, DC, law firm, The Groom Law Group, which specializes in employee benefits.