WISER Advisory Council

WISER's Advisory Council is comprised of industry leaders who share an interest in women's retirement issues. Council members and the organizations they represent contribute to WISER's mission through participation in WISER events, research and other activities. 


Member Companies

WISER is proud to work with the following companies and organizations through our Advisory Council.  We are grateful for their support and commitment to women’s retirement issues. (Please note that company descriptions are provided by member companies and should not be interpreted as endorsements by WISER for any specific financial service or product.)  


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families - such as health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse. 

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) **

The American Council of Life Insurers is a trade association based in DC with approximately 300 member companies. It advocates for public policies that support the industry's marketplace and the 75 million American families that rely on life insurers’ products for financial and retirement security. 

Calvert Investments

Founded in 1976, Calvert Investments is an investment management company based in Bethesda, Maryland that offers strategies to institutional investors, workplace retirement plans, financial intermediaries and their clients. It manages over $12.5 billion in assets.

Capital Group

Since 1931, Capital Group has served individual investors, financial intermediaries and institutions around the world through a broad range of products and services that include American Funds, one of the largest mutual fund families in the U.S. by assets under management.

Fidelity Investments**

Fidelity Investments offers a variety of services and product solutions including retirement planning, portfolio guidance, and brokerage services. It is the leading provider of workplace savings plans in the U.S. Fidelity is also the nation’s number one provider of IRAs. Currently, Fidelity assists with the management and administration of over $4.2 trillion in assets.

Franklin Templeton Investments 

Since 1947, Franklin Templeton Investments has been dedicated to delivering exceptional asset management for our institutional, retail, and high-net-worth clients. By bringing together multiple, world-class investment teams in a single firm, we're able to offer specialized expertise across a full range of asset classes, supported by the strength and resources of one of the world's largest asset managers.  

Heather Podesta + Partners

Heather Podesta + Partners (HP +P) is a government relations firm providing strategic advice to companies, trade associations, non-profits, and individuals on how to make Washington, D.C. work for them. HP + P professionals have experience on a range of issues and at every level of government. They have worked for Members of Congress, congressional committees, and federal agencies and know what makes these policymakers and institutions tick. HP + P's approach - precision, persuasion, and people - is tailored to our clients' unique needs and allows them to achieve their objectives. 

Hueler Companies**

Hueler Companies is a group of affliates focused on value consulting and data research. Founded in 1897, Hueler Companies is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is the industry’s only independent research organization providing data and systems to all market participants.

J.P. Morgan**

For more than 200 years, J.P. Morgan has helped its clients do business and manage their assets. It offers services and solutions in more than 100 countries. It has one of the most comprehensive global product platforms, with services for asset management, corporate and investment banking, private banking, and commercial banking. J.P. Morgan also sponsors a variety of non-profit activities, arts and culture organizations, and sporting events globally.


For 140 years, MetLife has mixed social responsibility, strong leadership, sound investments, and innovative products and service to best insure the lives of its clients. It is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs. Founded on a belief that insurance is a powerful tool to help the underprivileged, MetLife is dedicated to making a difference in the community, and has several programs to support this goal.

New York Life

New York Life Insurance Company is the largest mutual life-insurance company in the United States, and one of the largest life insurers in the world, ranking #61 on the 2016 Fortune 500 list, with about $550 billion in total assets under management. The company provide insurance, investment, and retirement solutions along with expert guidance to clients achieve lifelong financial well-being.


Plan Administrators, Inc. (PAi) is dedicated to providing 401(k) administration to financial advisors, small business owners, and their employees. PAi works to make retirement plans, which are difficult to obtain for small businesses, easy to access and affordable.


Founded more than 135 years ago, Prudential Financial has grown to be one of the largest life insurance companies in the U.S. It offers life insurance, mutual funds, annuities, pension and retirement-related services and administration, asset management, and banking and trust services. There are three divisions to best help individuals and institutions grow and protect their wealth – U.S. Retirement Solutions & Investment Management, U.S. Individual Life & Group Insurance, and International Insurance & Investments.

Retirement Clearinghouse*

Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) is America's only independent, fully-integrated provider of retirement savings portability solutions for America's mobile workforce. RCH offers an innovative suite of services geared to every phase of the participant lifecycle, representing the industry's best practices. 


SIFMA is the voice of the nation's securities industry, bringing together the shared interests of hundreds of broker-dealers, banks and asset managers. SIFMA advocates for effective and efficient capital markets and represent the broker-dealers, banks and asset managers whose nearly 1 million employees provide access to the capital markets.

Society of Actuaries

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) is an educational, research and professional organization and the largest professional organization dedicated to serving 24,000 actuarial members. SOA promotes high standards of professional competence within the actuarial profession. SOA provides basic education about the fundamental principles for professional development and continuing education studies. They also conduct their own research and studies to help advance the profession.

State Street Global Advisors**

For nearly four decades, State Street Global Advisors has helped clients and those who rely on them to invest responsibly, enabling economic prosperity and social progress. SSGA partners with the world's largest, most sophisticated investors and financial intermediaries to help them reach their goals through a rigorous, research-driven investment process. SSGA actively engages with companies on a range of important governance and sustainability issues to ensure portfolios are appropriately focused on long-term value creation.


Founded 100 years ago by one of history's great philanthropists, Andrew Carnegie, TIAA is committed to helping institutions and individuals pursue positive outcomes through an array of global, diversified financial services and a long-term investment perspective. Having grown into a Fortune 100 financial services organization, TIAA is grounded by its core values, committed to responsible investing and dedicated to being a force for good, building on its legacy of serving the broad financial needs of those who make a difference in the world.


Founded on the belief that everyone deserves financial services, not just the wealthy, Transamerica is one of the world’s leading financial service companies. It provides insurance, investments, retirement plans, and other services to more than 19.5 million customers.

Voya Financial**

Voya Financial, Voya Financial, Inc. helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings - to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 14.7 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $8.6 billion in revenue in 2017. The company had $555 billion in total assets under management and administration as of Dec. 31, 2017. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible - one person, one family, one institution at a time - Voya's vision is to be America's Retirement Company®. Certified as a "Great Place to Work" by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Voya is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible. Voya has been recognized as one of the 2018 World's Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, one of the 2018 World's Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine and one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine.


*denotes membership at the Executive level


**denotes membership at the Leadership level


Advisory Council (Individual Members)

Drew Carrington
Franklin Templeton Investments

Judy J. Chapa
Chapa Consulting

Jeanne de Cervens

Lauren Cancienne
Prudential Financial

Christina Cutlip

Karen Eisenbach

Pamela D. Everhart
Fidelity Investments

Lynne Ford
Calvert Investments

Kelli H. Hueler
Hueler Companies

Melissa Kahn
State Street Global Advisors 

Michael P. Kiley

Donna MacFarland
Accelerate Strategies

Cynthia Mallett

Alison O'Donnell
New York Life  

Andrew Remo
American Retirement Association

Lena Rizkallah
J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Retirement

Anna Rappaport, F.S.A.
Society of Actuaries

Jody Strakosch
Strakosch Retirement Strategies 

Sandy Warhol
Unum (retired)

Debra Whitman

Patrice Willoughby
Heather Podesta + Partners