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.

2018 Executive Board of Directors

Jeff Mains

Marianne McManus
IBM Corporation
Vice Chair, Membership

Tresia Franklin
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Vice Chair, Operations


Cindy Donohoe
BAE Systems

Cliff York
BP America Inc.

Allison Klausner
CBS Corporation
Past Chair


Mark Azzarello
International Paper Company

Peter Baxter
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

David Blake


Margery Brittain

Rick Jones

Margaret Raymond
T. Rowe Price


Fred Thiele
Microsoft Corporation

Tracy Watts