Dallas L. Salisbury

Dallas Salisbury

Biography of
Dallas L. Salisbury
President and CEO
Employee Benefit Research Institute
1100 13th Street, NW, Suite #878
Washington, DC  20005
Phone: (202) 659-0670  
Fax: (202) 775-6312

Dallas Salisbury, President and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), joined EBRI as the chief staff executive at its founding in 1978.

EBRI provides “just the facts”: objective research, data, education and insight to inform decision making.  The overall EBRI mission is “to contribute to, to encourage, and to enhance the development of sound employee benefit programs and sound public policy through objective research and education.”  EBRI has earned widespread regard as an organization that "tells it like it is.” 

EBRI is supported financially by for-profit and non-profit corporations of all types, foundations, unions, government organizations, and international organizations seeking to better understand U.S economic security programs.

The Institute does not lobby and does not advocate or oppose any policy position. The task of EBRI is to provide objective information regarding the employee benefit system and related financial security issues, to achieve its primary goal: that policy and design decisions be based on verifiable facts.  Researchers, policymakers and the media rely heavily on EBRI research. Dallas regularly testifies at congressional and commission hearings and appears in print and broadcast media around the world. EBRI is one of the 20 most frequently cited “think-tanks” in the nation using www.fair.org methods.

Dallas serves on a number of advisory groups and boards. His assignments have included Social Security Administration Appointee to the Outside Scholar Panels for the SSA's Financial Literacy Research Consortium, the Securities and Exchange Commission Investor Advisory Committee, the Board of Advisors to the Comptroller General of the United States, and the Board of Directors of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the Board of Directors of National Academy of Human Resources and the NAHR Foundation, the Secretary of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council, the presidentially appointed PBGC Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the Society for Human Resources Management, the U.S. Advisory Panel on Medicare Education, the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance, member of the Bipartisan Policy Center Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, and numerous other commissions and advisory groups.

He has been honored with the Award for Professional Excellence from the Society for Human Resource Management, the Plan Sponsor Lifetime Achievement Award and the Keystone Award of World at Work, the Public Service Award of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits, the Plan Sponsor Leadership Award and the EBRI Lillywhite Award. Dallas was a delegate to the White House/Congress National Summits on Retirement Savings and to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Additionally, he served on the Board of the Southern Employee Benefits Conference, and recognized by SEBC with Life Membership and the 2012 Hazlehurst Lamon Award. Dallas accepted a National Emmy Award for Savingsman® and the ChoosetoSave®org public education program.

Dallas has written and lectured extensively on economic security topics. 

Dallas is interviewed regularly by all media, has appeared in all major media and on all major networks, specialty channels such as CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox, Fox Business, and PBS, as well as radio and web networks and programs.   Plan Sponsor Magazine recognizes him as “one of fifteen legends”; 401(k) Wire as “one of the ten most influential’; and Pension & Investments as “one of the 30 who have made the most difference to retirement in America”. In addition to other coverage, The PBS Lehrer News Hour did a feature piece on Dallas: ‘Dallas Salisbury takes Savingsman® to the nation’, and Institutional Investor Magazine did a feature article on Dallas and EBRI titled: "When Dallas Talks, Washington Listens".

Prior to joining EBRI, Dallas held full-time positions with the Washington State Legislature, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). He holds a Bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Washington and an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.   Dallas grew up in Everett, Washington, and now resides in Washington, D.C.

May 19, 2014

External Articles / Columns / Interviews / Presentations


Dallas has appeared in three videos from CNNMoney.com's series, Rules of Retirement.
December 14, 2009 -- Not Saving Enough to Retire
December 9, 2009 -- Target Date Funds 101
November 30, 2009 -- Help My 401(k) Was Interrupted

Human Resource Executive Online [Web-only] Dallas is a regular columnist for the Human Resource Executive Online. The link provides a listing of all of Dallas' articles for the publication.

Survey: Benefit Bill to Exceed $1T” [a Fox Business News report featuring Dallas Salisbury discussing state & local government unfunded pension liabilities--videoclip & transcript are included] (February 17, 2009)

Slump Leads More Firms to Halt 401(k) Matching” [an NPR Morning Edition report by Jenny Gold featuring Dallas Salisbury] (November 12, 2008)

2008 Future of Life-Cycle Saving and Investing Conference - Webcast recorded Oct. 23, 2008, in which Richard Zeckhauser, David Laibson, and Dallas Salisbury provide their differing thoughts and insights on the subject of how older people behave.

10 Questions with Noteworthy People: Dallas Salisbury on How Planners Can Serve the Average Worker’s Needs,” Journal of Financial Planning (August 2008).

Teach Your Children Well” [an interview featuring Dallas Salisbury focusing on the need for financial education and tools that show employees the probability of reaching retirement-income goals]. PIMCO DC Dialogue (January 2008)

Bending the Curve: Options for Achieving Savings and Improving Value in U.S. Health Spending - Dec. 18, 2007, briefing at the National Press Club, Washington, DC.

Interview with Dallas Salisbury: President & CEO of EBRI Offers Fascinating Historical Perspective on Today’s Retirement Security Challenges; Reveals Preference for Mandatory, National Retirement Savings Program in Addition to Social Security.” Online Magazine (October 15, 2007).

Double Check Retirement Model Assumptions.” HR Horizons (October 2007).

Health Coverage Revisited: Exploring Options for Expansion - March 19, 2007, luncheon briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund and the Alliance for Health Reform. [Note: Click on the last link under ‘Speaker Presentations’]

The Retirement Security Challenge - Feb. 1, 2007, presentation at the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), 19th Annual Conference.

What Is The Future of Defined Benefit Pensions? - Oct. 9, 2006, slide presentation at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ 52nd Annual Employee Benefits Conference.

The State of US Retirement Plans - May 23, 2006, slide presentation at the National Press Foundation’s four-day seminars titled Retirement Issues in the 21st Century.

The Employment-Based Pension System: Evolution or Revolution? – May 15, 2006, one-day conference cosponsored by AARP and EBRI.

What Do the Data Say about the Future of Employee Benefits? - April 17, 2006, teleconference presentation, Human Resource Strategic Excellence Network.

Don’t Drop the Ball on Benefits.” HR Management (April 2006). [Note: At the home page, click on the link for HR Management US under ‘Publishing’; next, click on the link for ‘Past Issues’ from ‘The Publication’ tab upper left, then the link for the April 2006 issue.]

Retiring by 65: Pipe Dream for Older Boomer Women?” In Paul Hodge, ed., Baby Boomer Women: Secure Futures Or Not? (2006).

Are Individuals Taking Responsibility? Trends and Implications.” Benefits Quarterly (Fourth Quarter 2005). [Note: abstract only available for free; full text requires username and password]