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Advocacy Day on the Hill and Legislative Symposium Kicks off the Fall Season at NASP
In September NASP members participated in Advocacy Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C. NASP members met with senior staff from both the Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Banking, House Financial Services, House Armed Services Committee, and the House Committee on Education & Workforce, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In nearly twenty meetings, NASP requested lawmakers to ensure oversight of Section 342 of the Dodd Frank Act and Section 1116 of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act to ensure that small business participates in federal pension fund management, continued business of the economic recovery, and any future potential GSE reform.
The following day at the Legislative Symposium former Congressman and Founder of Watts Partners, J.C. Watts, delivered opening remarks sharing his insight on the upcoming Presidential race, the importance of advocacy, and small and MWBE business inclusion.
Jim Reynolds, Chairman and CEO, Loop Capital moderated Diversity in Financial Services: A Discussion with the Federal Home Loan Banks with John Gerli, Chief Capital Markets Officer, Office of Finance , The Federal Home Loan Banks; Louis Solimine, Director, Funding & Derivatives,Treasurer, The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York; and Steve Thomas, Senior Vice President, Mortgage Capital Markets, The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.
Pamela Gibbs, Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission discussed the potential impacts of The Interagency Policy Establishing Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies which was finalized earlier this year.
During lunch, Edgar Hernandez, Coordinator with the Capital Stewardship Program at the SEIU delivered remarks regarding the SEIU's efforts to provide best practices for their pension funds including adding board diversity and ensuring adequate representation of minority owned investment managers and vendors through their Diversity Dollars initiative.
Jarrod Loadholt, Senior Counsel, Committee on Financial Services at U.S. House of Representatives; Charlotte Newman, Economic Policy Advisor, The Office of Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ); and Robert Greene, President and CEO, NAIC, discussed the ongoing efforts of members of Congress for inclusion of the MWBE financial services community in doing business with federal pension plans. This panel was moderated by Isaac Green, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager, Piedmont Investment Advisors.
At the close of the Symposium, members participated in the NASP Annual Meeting where they received an organizational update, learned about future NASP initiatives, and had an opportunity to share their insight and feedback with the organization's leadership. The day ended with a closing reception giving attendees an opportunity to network with speakers and other policy and legislative staff.
With all that is going on globally (i.e., China's plunging stock market , Greece's debt crisis, plunging commodities prices), can the U.S. economy continue to improve steadily?