Instructor Biography

 Mindy Harris

 

Senior Consultant
SST Benefits Consulting, LLC
Vancouver, Washington

 

Ms. Harris joined SST Benefits Consulting in 2012 as a senior consultant, specializing in public sector defined contribution and defined benefit retirement plans. She advises public sector clients in the areas of fiduciary responsibility, participant and fiduciary education, plan administration, and provider services and relationships. Prior to joining SST, Ms. Harris retired from Multnomah County Oregon, as the Chief Financial Officer. Her responsibilities included management of the finance, risk management, purchasing, employee benefits and retirement functions. Ms. Harris was the plan administrator for Multnomah County’s 457 deferred compensation plan for nearly 20 years, and was responsible for plan document interpretation, marketing and participant education, investment provider contracts and relations, and compliance with state and federal regulations. Multnomah County is the most populous county in Oregon with over $1.3 billion in assets, and employs approximately 4,500 individuals. Upon her retirement, the deferred compensation plan had over 3,300 participants and $180 million in assets. In 2003, Ms. Harris was elected to the executive board of the National Association for Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) and served as president of the association in 2008. While president, she testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee regarding fee disclosure for retirement investment plans. Under her leadership, Multnomah County received nine awards from NAGDCA for leadership recognition in the field of defined contribution administration. Ms. Harris graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, concentrating in management and accounting. She is designated as a certified retirement administrator and certified retirement counselor through the International Foundation for Retirement Education.

Ms. Harris teaches Introduction to Public Sector Benefits Administration in the Certificate Series.