The Department of Labor appointed five members to its ERISA Advisory Council.
Also, the department announced that Shaun C. O'Brien, policy director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, will serve as chairman of the 15-member council in 2023, according to a news release Tuesday. Megan Broderick, senior director for global retirement and financial well-being at PepsiCo., will serve as chairwoman.
The council's new appointees, who will each serve three-year terms, are:
- Gwen Mazzola, a partner and the ERISA practice leader at accounting firm HoganTaylor.
- Mayoung Nham, a principal at law firm Slevin & Hart.
- John M. Towarnicky, of counsel at law firm Koehler Fitzgerald and former director of the Plan Sponsor Council of America.
- Mark D. DeBofsky, principal member of DeBofsky Law.
- Alice Palmer, vice president and chief counsel for retirement plan service at Lincoln Financial Group.
"Throughout its nearly 50-year history, the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans has played a valuable role advising the Department of Labor on a variety of issues," said Lisa M. Gomez, assistant secretary of labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration, in the news release. "The knowledge and unique perspective that each of its members brings to the council will be immeasurable."
The council's next meeting is May 5.