Dallas L. Salisbury

Dallas Salisbury

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

Dallas Salisbury became Resident Fellow and President Emeritus at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) on December 9th, 2015. Salisbury had joined EBRI on December 4th, 1978, as Chief Staff Executive, after EBRI was founded by 13 employee benefit consulting firms on September 28th, 1978.

Dallas has served on many commissions, study panels, editorial advisory boards, and consulted with public and private organization of all types. Dallas is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He currently serves as an appointee of President Obama on the PBGC Advisory Committee (having served in the late 80’s as an appointee of President H. W. Bush) and as a member of the Board of Advisors to the Comptroller General of the United States. He is a past member of the Board of the NAHR, the NAHR Foundation, the Securities and Exchange Commission Investor Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, on the Secretary of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council, 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, in addition to others in earlier years.
Dallas 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 WorldatWork. Salisbury received the Public Service Award of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and in 2015 the ASPPA Harry T. Eidson Founders Award.  Mr. Salisbury was a delegate to the 1998, 2002 and 2006 National Summit’s on Retirement Savings, and the 2005 and 2015 White House Conference on Aging. Mr. Salisbury accepted a 2007 National Emmy Award for Savingsman™ and the Choose to Save® public education program.
Mr. Salisbury has written and lectured extensively on economic security topics.  His books include: 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.

Dallas has appeared over the years in nearly all major print, television, cable and radio news networks and publications, and in recent years their web outlets.
Prior to joining EBRI, Mr. Salisbury 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. in Finance from the University of Washington and an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. 

Revised January 2016

External Articles / Columns / Interviews / Presentations

The New Work Reality [AARP Perspectives, Future of Work@50+] - Essay 1 by Dallas Salisbury (March 2015).

Dallas has appeared in three videos from CNNMoney.com's series, Rules of Retirement.
December 14, 2009 -- Not Saving Enough to Retire
December 9, 2009 -- Target Date Funds 101
November 30, 2009 -- Help My 401(k) Was Interrupted

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

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.

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)

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.

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).

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

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.

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.

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