Who We Are


To be a trusted public policy center, recognized for rigorous research, technical assistance and effective bipartisan advocacy, to promote retirement solutions at the state level in the United States.


To strengthen the retirement security of American families by developing and promoting the bipartisan adoption of innovative state policies, legislation and administrative models, such as pooled and professionally managed funds, which will expand the availability and effectiveness of retirement solutions.


Americans are facing a looming retirement crisis. The largest generation in history—the baby boomers—will retire at a time with fewer workers.   According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, many Americans report that they have virtually no savings or investments and the percentage that are confident about having enough money for retirement dropped to record lows between 2009 and 2013. Almost one-half of all working Americans (approximately 78 million Americans) work for employers that offer no retirement plan and 85 percent of Americans are not on a path to achieving a secure retirement.


Every state has unique demographic, economic and retirement needs. The Center serves as a trusted public policy center, recognized for rigorous research, technical assistance, and effective advocacy, to develop and promote State retirement solutions. The Center performs a vital role assisting states by:

  • Connecting state policymakers, scholars and industry experts.
  • Analyzing legislative and regulatory developments and assisting with program design.
  • Sharing research, best practices and success stories with state policymakers.
  • Serving as a resource to all states and stakeholders in addressing the challenge of achieving retirement security for more Americans and promoting policies that will strengthen the economy.


The Center for Retirement Initiatives is led by its Executive Director, Angela M. Antonelli. The Center is also supported by its advisory boards that include representatives from the states, labor unions, consumer groups, financial services firms, professional associations, international scholars and policy experts.

Contact Information:

Angela M. Antonelli
Executive Director
Phone: 202-687-4901

Email: ama288@georgetown.edu


The Center for Retirement Initiatives is one of the research centers of the McCourt School of Public Policy, one of the top ranked public policy programs in the nation. Through its academic reputation and ability to engage with policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders, the McCourt School attracts world class scholars and students who have become leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The Center will be able to support the mission of the McCourt School by providing groundbreaking approaches to the economic challenge of retirement insecurity and by doing so support the School’s teaching and research efforts.

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