Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams, JD

Biography of
Nevin Adams, JD
Director, Education and External Relations
Director, American Savings Education Program (ASEC)
Co-Director, EBRI Center for Research on Retirement Income (CRI)
Employee Benefit Research Institute
Washington, DC
(202) 775-6329, FAX (202) 775-6312

Nevin joined the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) in 2011, as Director, Education and External Relations and Co-Director, EBRI Center for Research on Retirement Income (CRI), which houses the largest database of de-personalized participant level data for DC and IRA's in the world. In his current role he is responsible for the publication and distribution of EBRI's research, as well as its outreach to member organizations, the media, regulatory, and legislative bodies. He also serves as Director, American Savings Education Council (ASEC).

Prior to that he spent a dozen years as Global Editor-in-Chief of PLANSPONSOR magazine, its Web counterpart,, as well as guiding the launch of PLANADVISER and PLANSPONSOR Europe magazines, introducing the development of the Retirement Plan Adviser and Adviser Team of the Year awards, and the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Professional (PRP) designation. He was the creator, writer and publisher of's NewsDash, which, for more than a decade, was the industry's leading daily source for information focused on the critical issues impacting benefits industry professionals.

He began working with retirement plans as a college intern in 1977, and went on to spend the next nine years at Northern Trust in Chicago, Illinois in a variety of management roles, culminating in the development of a proprietary recordkeeping platform. In 1986 he joined Wachovia Bank to lead their defined contribution/recordkeeping businesses, where he was responsible for implementing the firm's first voice response system and daily valuation capabilities, as well as their participant education curriculum. He also led key initiatives in product development, trust accounting, and recordkeeping and trust system conversions.

A frequent and popular speaker at industry and trade conferences, he graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. In 1988 he received his JD, also from DePaul University. He has been honored three times by the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) with their Media Recognition Award (2002, 2004, and 2013), and been listed as one of the Most Influential in Defined Contribution by the 401(k) Wire for five consecutive years.