National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA)
As research director for the National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA), Mr. Brainard collects, prepares and distributes NASRA members news, studies and reports pertinent to public retirement system administration and policy. NASRA members are the directors of 82 statewide public retirement systems in the United States. Combined, these systems hold assets of more than $2 trillion to fund pension and other benefits for most of the nation’s more than 22 million working and retired employees of state and local government. He has testified on public pension issues before Congress, state legislative committees, and public pension boards of trustees. Mr. Brainard is co-author of The Governmental Plans Answer Book and he maintains the Public Fund Survey, an online compendium of public pension data sponsored jointly by NASRA and the National Council on Teacher Retirement. Mr. Brainard created the State and Local Pension Exchange, a predecessor to the Public Fund Survey, and also received the Award for Excellence in Government Finance from the Government Finance Officers Association. He previously served as manager of budget and planning for the Arizona State Retirement System and provided fiscal research and analysis for the Texas and Arizona legislatures. Mr. Brainard has a master’s degree from the University of Texas–Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs.
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