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Promises Made, Promises Kept Conference

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Promises Made, Promises Kept Conference is co-hosted by Vermont Business Roundtable and Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy, this conference is about the long-term consequences of unfunded and under-funded pension and health care liabilities of Vermont state employees and PreK-12 teachers. A review of the many policy options available to policymakers to help minimize negative outcomes for pension plan participants. Keynote Speakers are Gregory Mennis, Director of Public Sector Retirement Systems, The Pew Charitable Trusts and Governor Phil Scott, State of Vermont.

About the Keynote:

Greg Mennis directs Pew’s work on public sector retirement systems. The project provides cutting-edge research on pension and retiree health promises and helps states and cities undertake evidence-based pension and retiree health care reforms. Before joining Pew, he was assistant secretary for fiscal policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance, where he was responsible for retirement benefits policy, long-term fiscal planning, and the state’s Pay for Success financing program.  In that role, Mennis led the development of Massachusetts’ successful pension reform legislation and created the state’s first long-term fiscal policy framework.  He also has 15 years of experience in corporate finance and strategy, having served in a variety of roles at Citigroup and JPMorgan and as the chief financial officer and executive vice president of corporate development for a market-leading provider of retirement services technology.

Mennis is a chartered financial analyst. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance and public communications from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.