American Benefits Council

About Us

The American Benefits Council advocates for employers, connecting public policy and private-sector solutions to share employee benefits for the evolving global workforce.

What We Do

The American Benefits Council is a Washington D.C.-based employee benefits public policy organization advocating for employers that are  dedicated to the achievement of best-in-class solutions that protect and encourage the health and financial well-being of their workers, retirees and  families.

The Council works closely with Congress, the White House, executive branch agencies and the courts to  champion legislation, regulation and legal rulings favorable to our members' needs, and to defend the employer-sponsored benefits system from proposals that would add burdens, liabilities and costs.

The Council engages extensively in the international arena on behalf of its multi-national companies – both in terms of public policy initiatives, and information-sharing of best practices and provides advocacy, and benefits strategy and compliance assistance through our network of global partner organizations.

The Council is committed to both broad-based policy advocacy, as well as specialized assistance to member companies. We are a technical resource on benefits issues for lawmakers, the media and other industry trade associations. The Council frequently forges alliances with other public policy organizations to develop and communicate a collective business community position on benefits proposals.

What We Do


Who We Are

The Council’s more than 400 members are primarily large U.S. employers and also includes organizations that provide services to employers of all sizes regarding benefit programs. Collectively, the Council’s members directly sponsor or provide services to retirement and health plans covering virtually all Americans who receive employer-sponsored benefits.

Jim Klein James A. Klein
Lynn DudleyLynn D. Dudley
Senior Vice President, Global Retirement & Compensation Policy
Kathryn SpanglerKathryn Spangler
Senior Vice President, Health Policy
Diann HowlandDiann Howland
Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Jan JacobsonJan Jacobson
Senior Counsel, Retirement Policy
Kathryn WilberKathryn Wilber
Senior Counsel, Health Policy
Richard Hinz Richard Hinz
Senior Advisor
Jill RandolphJill Randolph
Director, Legislative & Political Affairs
Deanna JohnsonDeanna Johnson
Director, Membership
Jason HammerslaJason Hammersla
Senior Director, Communications





Eunju Namkung
Communications Associate
Sondra Lynnette WilliamsSondra Lynnette Williams
Manager, Member & Staff Engagement
Ralph KassRalph Kass
Controller & Office Manager
Mary LindsayMary Lindsay
Executive Assistant

2017 Executive Board of Directors

Allison Klausner

Bob Holcomb
Empower Retirement
Past Chair

Jeff Mains
Vice Chair, Membership


Marianne McManus
IBM Corporation
Vice Chair, Operations

Tresia Franklin
Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Cindy Donohoe
BAE Systems


Mark Azzarello
International Paper Company

Margery Brittain

Alan Glickstein
Willis Towers Watson


Mark Poerio
Paul Hastings LLP

Bob Seng
Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Fred Thiele
Microsoft Corporation


Cliff York
BP America Inc.

3M Company

Abbott Laboratories
AbbVie, Inc.
ABM Industries Incorporated
Accenture Inc.
Acme Brick Company
ADP Retirement Services
AEtna Inc.
Airlines for America
Alaska Forest Association
Alegeus Technologies, LLC
The Alliance
Alliance Coal, LLC
Alliance Data Systems Corporation
Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
Allina Health System
Allison Transmission, Inc.
Allstate Insurance Company
Alston & Bird LLP
Altria Group, Inc
American Airlines
American Century Investments
American Council of Life Insurers
American Electric Power
American Express Company
American Fidelity Assurance Company
American International Group, Inc.
America's Health Insurance Plans
Ameriprise Financial
Amgen, Inc.
Anthem, Inc.
Aon Hewitt
Apple Inc.
Ascende, Inc.
Associated Benefits Corporation
Avon Products, Inc.
AXA Financial

B&G Foods, Inc.
BAE Systems
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Ball Corporation
Ballard Spahr LLP
BancWest Corporation
Bank of America
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Best Doctors, Inc.
Bloomin' Brands, Inc.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association
BMC Software, Inc.
BNSF Railway Company
Boeing Company
Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation
BP America Inc.
Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T)
Brighthouse Financial, Inc.
Brinker International, Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Brunswick Corporation
Bryan, Pendleton, Swats & McAllister
Butzel Long

CA Technologies, Inc.
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Callan Associates Inc.
Campbell Soup Company
The Capital Group
Cardinal Health, Inc.
Caterpillar, Inc.
CBIZ Savitz
CBS Corporation
CDW Corporation
Centrica plc
CenturyLink Inc.
Ceridian Corporation
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Cheniere Energy, Inc.
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (CB&I)
Church Alliance
Cigna Corporation
Citigroup, N.A.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
The Coca-Cola Company
Columbia University
Comcast Corporation
Conduent Human Resource Services
Conner & Winters, LLP
Conner Strong & Buckelew Companies, Inc.
Consolidated Edison, Inc.
Corning Incorporated
Costco Wholesale
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Crowell & Moring LLP
Crown Holdings Inc.
Cummins, Inc.
CUNA Mutual Group
CVS Health Corporation

Darden Restaurants
Dart Container Corporation
Davis & Harman LLP
Day Pitney LLP
Deere & Company
Deloitte Tax LLP
Delphi Corporation
Delta Airlines
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.
Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
Dover Corporation
The Dow Chemical Company
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
DST Systems, Inc.
Duke Energy
The Du Pont Company

eBay Inc.
Edward Jones Company
Eli Lilly and Company
Employers Health
Empower Retirement
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
Entergy Services, Inc.
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Equifax Inc.
EP Energy Corporation
Ernst & Young LLP
Evercore Trust Company, N.A.
Eversource Energy
Exelon Corporation
Express Scripts, Inc.
ExxonMobil Corporation

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
FBMC Benefits Management, Inc.
Fidelity Investments
Financial Engines, Inc.
Findley Davies, Inc.
FirstEnergy Corporation
Fluor Corporation
FMC Technologies, Inc.
Foley & Lardner LLP
Food Marketing Institute
Foot Locker, Inc.
Ford Motor Company
Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
Fox Rothschild LLP
Franklin Templeton Investments
Friedkin Companies, Inc.

Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.
General Dynamics Corporation
General Motors
Goodwin Procter LLP
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Google Inc
Great Plains Energy
Greyhound Lines, Inc.
Groom Law Group, Chartered

Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Harris Corporation
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
The Hartford Insurance Group
Haynes Benefits PC
HCL Technologies Ltd.
Health Action Council
Health Care Service Corporation
The Hershey Company
The Hertz Corporation
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Holland & Hart LLP
Honeywell International Inc.
Hooker & Holcombe, Inc.
Houston Methodist Hospital
Hub International Insurance Services Inc.
Hudson's Bay Trading Company LP
Husch Blackwell LLP

IBM Corporation
Ice Miller LLP
Insperity, Inc.
Intel Corporation
InterContinental Hotels Group
International Paper Company
Investment Company Institute
Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chartered

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
Jenner & Block LLP
John Hancock Life Insurance Company (USA)
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
Johnson & Wales University
Jones Day

Kaiser Permanente
KBR, Inc.
Keenan & Associates
Keightley & Ashner LLP
Kellogg Company
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Kinder Morgan, Inc.
Kindred Healthcare
KMR Employee Benefits Consulting
Kohl's Department Stores
The Kroger Company

L3 Technologies, Inc.
LafargeHolcim Ltd.
Lam Research Corporation
Leidos Holdings, Inc.
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Lockheed Martin
Lockton Benefit Group
LQ Management L.L.C.

MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Magna International, Inc.
Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP
Marathon Oil Company
Marathon Petroleum Company
Marriott International
Mars, Incorporated
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Mayer Brown LLP
Maynard Cooper & Gale, LLP
Mayo Clinic
McAfee & Taft
McDermott, Will & Emery LLP
McDonald's Corporation
Medela LLC
Merck & Co., Inc.
Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany
Meredith Corporation
Microsoft Corporation
Miller & Chevalier
Mirkin and Gordon, P.C.
Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
Mondelez International, Inc.
Moog Inc.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP
Morneau Shepell
Mutual of Omaha Insurance

National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
National Automobile Dealers Association
National Grid USA Companies
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Nationwide Insurance Companies
Navistar, Inc.
NCR Corporation
Newport Group
New York Life Insurance Company
NextEra Energy, Inc.
NFP Corp.
NISA Investment Advisors, LLC
Norfolk Southern Corporation
The Northern Trust Company
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Northwell Health, Inc.
NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association

Occidental Petroleum Corporation
October Three LLC
Office Depot, Inc.
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC
Oracle Corporation

Pacific Life Insurance Company
Pacific Maritime Association
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler
Paul Hastings LLP
PayFlex Systems USA, Inc.
Peabody Energy
PepsiCo, Inc.
Perkins Coie LLP
The Permanente Medical Group, Inc.
PetSmart, Inc.
Pfizer Inc
Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Philip Morris International Management SA
Phillips 66
Piedmont Healthcare
Pietzsch, Bonnett & Womack
Pine Cliff Consulting Inc.
Piper Jordan LLC
Praxair, Inc.
Princeton University
The Principal Financial Group
The Procter & Gamble Company
Proskauer Rose LLP
Providence Insurance Partners LLC
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)

Qualcomm Incorporated
Quarles & Brady LLP
Quest Diagnostics

Rabobank International
Randstad US, L.P.
Raytheon Company
Retirement Clearinghouse, LLC
Reynolds American Inc.
Reynolds Leveraged Services
Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Russell Investments
Ryder System, Inc.
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.

S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc
Salt River Project
Sanofi US
Sears Holdings Corporation
The Segal Company
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Shell Oil Company
Shure Incorporated
Siemens Corporation
Silicon Valley Employers Forum
SmithAmundsen LLC
Sony Corporation of America
Southern California Edison Company
Southern Company
Southwest Airlines
Spectra Energy
Staples, Inc.
State Farm Insurance Companies
State Street Corporation
State Street Global Advisors International Holdings Inc.
Steelcase, Inc.
Stewart & Stevenson, LLC
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Stoel Rives LLP
Sun Life Financial
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Sutter Health
Synopsys, Inc.

T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.
Target Corporation
TE Connectivity Corporation
Teradata Corporation
Textron, Inc.
Thompson Coburn LLP
Thompson Hine LLP
Thomson Reuters/EBIA
Time Warner Inc.
The Timken Company
Toys "R" Us, Inc.
Troutman Sanders LLP
Trucker Huss, APC
Trustmark Companies

Unisys Corporation
United Airlines
United Benefits Group
United Parcel Service, Inc.
United Technologies Corporation
UnitedHealth Group
University of California
U.S. Cellular
US Foods
USI Holdings Corporation

The Vanguard Group, Inc.
Venable LLP
Viacom, Inc.
Vistra Energy Corp.
Voya Financial, Inc.
Vulcan Materials Company
VWR International, LLC

WageWorks, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
Waste Connections, Inc.
Waste Management, Inc.
Wawa, Inc.
Wells Fargo
WestRock Company
The Williams Companies, Inc.
Willis Towers Watson
Winston & Strawn LLP
Wolters Kluwer United States Inc.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
Worldwide Employee Benefits Network
WPP Group USA, Inc.

Xcel Energy Services Inc.
Xerox Corporation
XPO Logistics, Inc.

YMCA of the USA
YUM! Brands, Inc.

Zebra Technologies Inc.