James A. Klein

American Benefits Council
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Klein is president of the American Benefits Council. The Council is a Washington, D.C.-based association representing the broadest reach of the private employee benefits system: company sponsors of employee benefits, plan providers and benefits professionals. The Council’s members either sponsor directly or provide services to employee benefit plans covering more than 100 million Americans. Previously, Mr. Klein was manager of pension and health care policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and, before that, practiced law for a Washington, D.C. firm specializing in employee benefits. He also worked as a legislative assistant for Congressman John J. LaFalce (D-N.Y.). Mr. Klein is author of Understanding and Influencing the Federal Legislative and Regulatory Process: A Guide for Compensation and Benefits Professionals, and AIDS: An Employer’s Guidebook. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of Benefits Law Journal and Benefits Quarterly. Mr. Klein is frequently quoted in both the national and benefits media on pension and health care topics; and has appeared on all the major television networks, discussing a wide range of employee benefits policy matters. He serves on the International Foundation’s Government Liaison Committee and on the Association Council of the American Council for Capital Formation. In the international arena, Mr. Klein serves as a private sector advisor to the Insurance and Pension Committee of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a degree in bioethics and graduated with honors from the National Law Center– George Washington University. Mr. Klein is a member of the District of Columbia bar.

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