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Harry Conaway

Academy Board Member and Retirement and Employee Benefit Expert

Harry Conaway is a new Board Member of the Academy. Conaway is currently the President and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Over the course of his career, Conaway has worked on tax, retirement, and health policy at the Treasury Department and on informing clients, members, and the public on retirement, employee benefit, tax, and ERISA issues affecting workers and their employers. 

“Harry is a true professional, with deep knowledge of societal and economic issues, enhanced by an understanding of context, while also being a talented leader and manager,” said Howard Fluhr, Academy Board Member and Chairman Emeritus of the Segal Group. “Harry’s varied career experience means he brings a broad and unique perspective to the Academy Board of Directors.”

Conaway was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He moved to Hartford, Connecticut as an undergraduate student to attend Trinity College where he became involved with political causes – namely civil rights and the Vietnam War - on campus. Conaway pursued a master’s degree in South Asian Regional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania where he specialized in the major religions of the region before shifting his focus to economics and sociology. He also had an interest in politics and government, so Conaway eventually moved to Washington, D.C. and attended the George Washington University Law School.  His long-term goal was to work in Congress or the executive branch of the government. 

Conaway began his career was as an Associate in the law firm Miller & Chevalier, specializing in employee benefit programs. Afterwards, from 1983 through 1988, he worked for the U.S. Treasury Department as an Associate Tax Legislative Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy. Conaway spent the next 27 years of his career leading Mercer’s Washington Resource Group. In late 2015, he moved to the Employee Benefit Research Institute as its President and CEO. Conaway has been a member of the Academy since last year.