Dallas L. Salisbury

Dallas Salisbury

Biography of
Dallas L. Salisbury
President and CEO
Employee Benefit Research Institute
1100 13th Street, NW, Suite #878
Washington, DC  20005
Phone: (202) 659-0670  
Fax: (202) 775-6312

Dallas Salisbury, President and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), joined EBRI at its founding in Washington, DC in 1978.

The overall EBRI mission is “to contribute to, to encourage, and to enhance the development of sound employee benefit programs and sound public policy through objective research and education.”  EBRI has earned widespread regard as an organization that "tells it like it is.”  EBRI is supported financially by for-profit and non-profit corporations of all types, foundations, unions, government organizations, and international organizations seeking to better understand U.S economic security programs. The Institute does not lobby and does not advocate or oppose any policy position.   The task of EBRI is to provide objective information regarding the employee benefit system and re­lated financial security issues, to achieve its primary goal, ‘that policy and design decisions be based on verifiable facts’. Researchers, policy makers and the media rely heavily on EBRI research.  Dallas and his team regularly testify at Congressional and Commission hearings, and appear in print and broadcast media around the world.  EBRI is the 14th most frequently cited “think-tank” in the nation using fair.org methods.
As a member of a number of commissions, Dallas assists study panels as well as editorial advisory boards. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and a member of the Board of the NAHR Foundation, the Commission on a High Performance Health System, the Board of Directors for FINRA Investor Education Foundation, and the Board of Advisors to the Comptroller General of the United States.  He has served on the Secretary of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council, Presidential appointed PBGC Advisory Committee, Board of Directors of the Society for Human Resources Management, U.S. Advisory Panel on Medicare Education, and the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
He has been honored with the Award for Professional Excellence from the Society for Human Resource Management, the Plan Sponsor Lifetime Achievement Award and the Keystone Award of World at Work. Dallas was a delegate to the 1998, 2002 and 2006 National Summit’s on Retirement Savings, and the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Dallas accepted a 2007 National Emmy Award for Savingsman and the Choose to Save public education program. At the February 10, 2009, Pensions & Investments East Coast Defined Contribution Conference, Dallas, along with Kenneth L. Holmes, were named recipients of the EBRI Lillywhite Award. The award is named for pension investment pioneer Ray Lillywhite and honors outstanding lifetime contributions to America's economic security.
Dallas has written and lectured extensively on economic security topics.  His most recent books are: “Retirement Security in the United States: Current Sources, Future Prospects, and Likely Outcomes of Current Trends”, “The Future of Retirement Income in America”, “The Future of Social Insurance:  Incremental Action or Fundamental Reform?”, “IRA and 401(k) Investing” and “Managing Money in Retirement”.
Prior to joining EBRI, Dallas held full-time positions with the Washington State Legislature, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). He holds a B.A. degree in finance from the University of Washington and an M.A. in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. 

February 23, 2009

Outside Articles / Columns / Interviews / Presentations

Double Check Retirement Model Assumptions.” HR Horizons (October 2007).

Retiring by 65: Pipe Dream for Older Boomer Women?” In Paul Hodge, ed., Baby Boomer Women: Secure Futures Or Not?, 2006.

Are Individuals Taking Responsibility? Trends and Implications.” Benefits Quarterly (Fourth Quarter 2005). [Note: abstract only available for free; full text requires username and password]

Human Resource Executive Online [Web-only]

Survey: Benefit Bill to Exceed $1T” [a Fox Business News report featuring Dallas Salisbury discussing state & local government unfunded pension liabilities--videoclip & transcript are included] (February 17, 2009)

Slump Leads More Firms to Halt 401(k) Matching” [an NPR Morning Edition report by Jenny Gold featuring Dallas Salisbury] (November 12, 2008)

10 Questions with Noteworthy People: Dallas Salisbury on How Planners Can Serve the Average Worker’s Needs,” Journal of Financial Planning (August 2008).

Teach Your Children Well” [an interview featuring Dallas Salisbury focusing on the need for financial education and tools that show employees the probability of reaching retirement-income goals]. PIMCO DC Dialogue (January 2008).

Interview with Dallas Salisbury: President & CEO of EBRI Offers Fascinating Historical Perspective on Today’s Retirement Security Challenges; Reveals Preference for Mandatory, National Retirement Savings Program in Addition to Social Security.” Online Magazine (October 15, 2007).

Don’t Drop the Ball on Benefits.” HR Management (April 2006). [Note: At the home page, click on the link for HR Management US under ‘Publishing’; next, click on the link for ‘Past Issues’ from ‘The Publication’ tab upper left, then the link for the April 2006 issue.]

2008 Future of Life-Cycle Saving and Investing Conference - Webcast recorded Oct. 23, 2008, in which Richard Zeckhauser, David Laibson, and Dallas Salisbury provide their differing thoughts and insights on the subject of how older people behave.

Bending the Curve: Options for Achieving Savings and Improving Value in U.S. Health Spending - Dec. 18, 2007, briefing at the National Press Club, Washington, DC.

Health Coverage Revisited: Exploring Options for Expansion - March 19, 2007, luncheon briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund and the Alliance for Health Reform. [Note: Click on the last link under ‘Speaker Presentations’]

The Retirement Security Challenge - Feb. 1, 2007, presentation at the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), 19th Annual Conference.

What Is The Future of Defined Benefit Pensions? - Oct. 9, 2006, slide presentation at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ 52nd Annual Employee Benefits Conference.

The State of US Retirement Plans - May 23, 2006, slide presentation at the National Press Foundation’s four-day seminars titled Retirement Issues in the 21st Century.

The Employment-Based Pension System: Evolution or Revolution? – May 15, 2006, one-day conference cosponsored by AARP and EBRI.

What Do the Data Say about the Future of Employee Benefits? - April 17, 2006, teleconference presentation, Human Resource Strategic Excellence Network.