American Benefits Council

About Us

The American Benefits Council advocates for employers, connecting public policy and private-sector solutions to shape 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 440 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
Ilyse SchumanIlyse Schuman
Senior Vice President, Health Policy
Diann HowlandDiann Howland
Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Jan JacobsonJan Jacobson
Senior Counsel, Retirement Policy
Katy JohnsonKaty Johnson
Senior Counsel, Health Policy
Kathryn SpanglerKathryn Spangler
Senior Advisor, Health Policy
Richard Hinz Richard Hinz
Senior Advisor, Retirement Policy & Research
Jill RandolphJill Randolph
Senior Director, Legislative & Political Affairs
Deanna JohnsonDeanna Johnson
Senior Director, Membership
Jason HammerslaJason Hammersla
Vice President, Communications
Ashley EdwardsAshley Edwards
Manager, Communications
& Marketing 

Richard PolakRichard D. Polak
Senior Advisor, Global Affairs
Sondra Lynnette WilliamsSondra Lynnette Williams
Manager, Member & Staff Engagement
Ralph KassRalph Kass
Controller & Office Manager
Mary LindsayMary Lindsay
Executive Assistant