2024 State-Facilitated Retirement Savings Program Network (SRSPN)
Annual Conference

The Georgetown University Center for Retirement Initiatives (CRI) looks forward to hosting its Annual State-Facilitated Retirement Savings Program Network (SRSPN) Conference on January 30-31, 2024, at the Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida.

Conference Schedule
(Event start and end times remain subject to adjustment)

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
State Roundtable
(1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Networking Reception
(5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 31, 2024
(8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)

The conference is exclusive to states, CRI supporters, and special guests.

State executives, legislators, and other key stakeholders will gather to share the latest updates on legislative and program implementation best practices and lessons learned.

Sponsorships are available. For more information about this upcoming event, contact Angela Antonelli, Executive Director, by phone at 202-306-8540 or email at ama288@georgetown.edu.


 Arrival by Car to the Newman Alumni Center

The Newman Alumni Center has parking lots available for use. If you will be driving and need access to parking, please see this map to locate parking.  Parking is available at the Newman Alumni Center for a fee.FROM THE NORTH

Take I-95 south to US 1/South Dixie Highway and continue to Stanford Drive.
Turn right on Stanford Drive.
At the next light, turn left on Ponce de Leon Boulevard.
Turn right on San Amaro Drive.
The Newman Alumni Center will be on the left, on the corner of San Amaro Drive and Brescia Avenue.
Turn left to access parking located directly behind the building.


Travel north on US 1/South Dixie Highway to Red Road (57th Avenue).
Turn left on Red Road.
Turn immediately right on Ponce de Leon Boulevard.
Turn left on San Amaro Drive.
The Newman Alumni Center will be on the left, on the corner of San Amaro Drive and Brescia Avenue.
Turn left to access parking located directly behind the building. 

Arrival by Train

The Miami train station (8303 NW 37th Avenue Miami, FL 33147) is served by Amtrak and is located approximately 16 miles from the Newman Alumni Center. 

Arrival by Air – Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA) is served by many national and regional airlines. The airport, located near downtown Miami, is approximately 12 miles from the Alumni Center. The airport is served by a variety of ground transportation. You can use Metrorail to travel to and from the Miami International Airport. Once at the University Metrorail Station take the Orange Line (northbound) to get to Miami International Airport. The estimated time to Miami International Airport from the Metrorail University Station is 45 minutes. Visit Miami-Dade Transit website for more information or call Metrorail Customer Service at 305-891-3131.

The Metrobus can be used in conjunction with Metrorail to travel to MIA. To find bus routes suitable to your needs visit Miami-Dade MIA Transit Connections. 

Arrival by Air – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL) is located in Broward County, Florida, and is approximately 30 miles from the Alumni Center. The airport is served by a variety of ground transportation. You can combine the use of the Metrorail, Tri-Rail and Fort Lauderdale Shuttle Express to get to/from Fort Lauderdale Airport. To learn more about the connection visit the Tri-Rail Airport Connections.


You can book your stay with the University of Miami’s partner hotels and receive discounted pricing. Please see a complete list of the University’s partner hotels here. To receive the discount, please contact the hotel directly and provide the corporate code found on the University site or below.

Biltmore Hotel (Corporate Code: UNIHUR)
1200 Anastasia Ave. Coral Gables, FL 33134

Courtyard by Marriott Miami Coral Gables (Corporate Code: UOM)
2051 S. LeJeune Rd. Coral Gables, FL 33134
305-443-2301 or 888-236-2427

Courtyard Miami Dadeland (Corporate Code: UOM)
9075 S. Dadeland Blvd. Miami, FL 33156
800-228-9290 or 305-670-1220

Four Points by Sheraton Coral Gables (Corporate Code: UOM)
3861 SW 40th St. Miami, FL 33146

Hampton by Hilton (Corporate Code: 0560021712)
2800 SW 28th Ter. Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Hyatt Regency (Corporate Code: 18235)
50 Alhambra Plaza Coral Gables, FL 33134

Mayfair House Hotel & Garden (Corporate Code: UM)
3000 Florida Ave. Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Miami Marriott Dadeland (Corporate Code: UOM)
9090 S. Dadeland Blvd. Miami, FL 33156

Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove (Corporate Code: UOM)
3300 SW 27th Ave. Coconut Grove, Florida, 33133

Thesis Hotel (Corporate Code: UMIA)
1350 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146

2024 Visionary Award

Richard E. Neal
U.S. Congress

The Georgetown University Center for Retirement Initiatives (CRI) at the McCourt School of Public Policy is pleased to present the 2024 Visionary Award to Congressman Richard E. Neal. We honor him for his excellence in public service and leadership and commitment to strengthening retirement security reflected in important reforms, such as SECURE 2.0.

Richard E. Neal was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and was raised and educated in the City of Springfield. He is a graduate of American International College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science, and he received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Barney School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Hartford.

Congressman Neal was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1988 and served his first two terms on the House Banking Committee before joining the Ways and Means Committee in 1993. In January 2019, Congressman Neal was elected by his colleagues to assume the esteemed position of Chairman, marking the first time since 1875 that a representative from Massachusetts had done so.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Neal and the Ways and Means Committee worked tirelessly to bring relief to the American people.

The first relief bill, the CARES Act, included several provisions Ways and Means Committee Democrats secured including federal unemployment compensation, economic assistance payments, and telehealth flexibility. This bill singlehandedly saved the American economy.

In the American Rescue Plan Act, the Ways and Means Committee was responsible for nearly $1 billion of the $1.9 trillion package. Under Chairman Neal’s leadership, the bill put more money directly into people’s pockets, helping them better afford childcare and health coverage. It also shored up the hard-earned retirement security for millions of Americans nationwide.

In addition to the COVID-19 relief packages, Chairman Neal spearheaded a number of historic legislative achievements during the 116th and 117th Congress, including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, marking the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and economy in our nation’s history, and the Chips and Science Act, which will reinvigorate our nation’s domestic manufacturing of chips and incentivize research and development.

Chairman Neal also helped address retirement security with his bipartisan bill “SECURE 2.0,” which will increase participation in work-based retirement savings by expanding automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans and enhancing the start-up credit for small businesses to sponsor a retirement plan.

In addition, Chairman Neal led efforts to pass the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), much of which was written in the Ways and Means Committee. The IRA is a historic win for American families and the planet, with provisions that will lower costs while investing in Americans’ health and our future climate security. This includes lowering health care costs for millions of low and middle-income Americans by extending the Affordable Care Act’s premium tax credit enhancements through 2025; allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and capping the out-of-pocket cost of medications for seniors, including capping the cost of insulin at $35/month; making the largest investment in our nation’s efforts to combat the climate crisis, generating 9 million good paying jobs; and investing in the IRS to ensure taxpayers are treated fairly and are able to access resources to make filing as easy as possible.

Congressman Neal is the dean of both the Massachusetts Delegation and the New England Congressional Delegation, as well as an At-Large Whip for the House Democrats. He is also the Democratic Leader of the Friends of Ireland Caucus, where he has advocated for maintaining strong relations between the U.S. and Ireland. He played a prominent role in not only bringing the Good Friday Agreement to fruition, ending the longest period of conflict in Irish history, but also in upholding the principles of the accord and ensuring no return to a hard border.

Congressman Neal is a long-time guest lecturer at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and has received many awards and honorary degrees in his career, including an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from Mount Holyoke College where he is a former trustee, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Ulster University in Northern Ireland, and an Honorary Degree from Queen’s University Belfast.

Prior to his time in Congress, Neal was a high school teacher, member of the Springfield City Council, and Mayor of the City of Springfield from 1984 to 1988.

2024 Distinguished State Leader Award

Colleen C. Davis

Delaware Treasurer Colleen C. Davis is the recipient of the 2024 Distinguished State Leader Award for her role in the successful development and enactment of Delaware Expanding Access to Retirement & Necessary Savings (EARNS), an auto-IRA program for Delaware private-sector workers not covered by an employer-sponsored retirement plan. The legislation was passed with bipartisan support.

Colleen Davis was elected State Treasurer in November 2018 and re-elected to a second term in 2022. Since taking office, Treasurer Davis has focused on three main priorities: bolstering retirement security and readiness, creating pathways to economic empowerment, and promoting a culture of financial excellence. Highlights of her first term include maintaining Delaware’s AAA bond rating, increasing return on the state’s investments by more than $58 million, and creating the Delaware EARNS program.

She is a member of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) and was elected Eastern Region Vice President in August 2021. Treasurer Davis also sits on the Executive Board of the College Savings Plans Network (CSPN) and is a member of the Market Transparency Advisory Group (MTAG) of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB).

In her official state capacity locally, Treasurer Davis serves on the Cash Management Policy Board, the Plans Management Board, the State Employees Benefit Committee (SEBC), the Government Efficiency and Accountability Review Board (GEAR), the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC), the Agricultural Lands Preservation Board, the Delaware Council on Volunteer Fire Service, and the Board of Pardons. She is also a member of the Southern Sussex Rotary Club.

Previously, Davis served as treasurer of the Delaware Physician Assistant Advocacy Group (DAPA) and as a member of the Advisory Board of Forge Life Sciences and sat on the Board of Delaware Maritime Education. In conjunction with these achievements, she has also served as a financial consultant to large medical institutions and small independent practices. As such, she has created fiscal stability and improved positive patient outcomes, while saving millions of dollars in overall healthcare costs.

2024 Best of the State Spotlight Awards

Elizabeth (Beth) Bordowitz
Executive Director
Maine Retirement Savings Board

Beth Bordowitz, recipient of a 2024 CRI Best of the State Spotlight Award, is the Executive Director of the Maine Retirement Savings Board (MRSB). In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of the Maine Retirement Investment Trust (MERIT), a new auto-IRA retirement savings program for private sector workers who do not have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. The MRSB entered into the first-in-the-nation partnership with the Colorado Secure Savings Program in August 2023, launched its program pilot in October 2023, and will open its program to all eligible employers in January 2024.

Before her tenure with the MRSB, Bordowitz served as general counsel to and then CEO of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) from 2007 to 2014. At FAME, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous programs, including the State of Maine’s venture capital fund and College Savings Program — the NextGen College Investing Plan. She previously served as the Vice President of Legal and Administration for the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation from its inception in 2014 through 2018 and as a Peace Corps Community Development volunteer in North Macedonia from 2018 to 2020.

Bordowitz currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Health Access Foundation. She has held leadership roles on numerous nonprofit and governmental boards of directors, including the Portland Public Library, Alfond Scholarship Foundation, Maine Development Foundation, Portland Zoning Board of Appeals, and Family Crisis Shelter. She is a certified mediator on the Maine Courts family matters roster. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College, master’s degree in public policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics of Rutgers University, and Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law-Camden.

Jessica Muirhead
Executive Director
MyCTSavings Program

Jessica Muirhead, Executive Director of the Connecticut Retirement Security Program (CRSP), or MyCTSavings, a state-facilitated auto-IRA savings program for employees without access to a retirement benefit at work, is a recipient of a 2024 CRI Best of the State Spotlight Award.

The fourth program of its kind in the country to publicly launch, the CRSP was created by law in 2016 to help employees easily save for a dignified retirement. Muirhead joined the effort in 2020 through the Office of the State Comptroller and ushered the CRSP through its build to launch, including establishing its governance and operational structures, vendor contracts, outreach and marketing strategy, pilot phase, and launch within 18 months. MyCTSavings now serves thousands of employers and tens of thousands of employees throughout Connecticut to build a more secure future for its workforce.

A Connecticut and Hartford County native, Muirhead has found fulfillment in a career of public and nonprofit service. Before serving in the Comptroller’s office, she was the senior manager at the Capitol Region Purchasing Council, an intergovernmental procurement collective at the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Connecticut. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut’s Executive MPA program.

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