Get Involved. Join A Committee

Committee participation is a good way to keep up with new policies and regulatory changes reshaping the retirement market. Our committees provide a forum to discuss key issues with peers, learn from top industry experts and collaborate on common initiatives. What’s more, you’ll be actively involved in guiding projects and offering expertise, so you’ll have a direct hand in helping to shape America’s retirement.

Our issue-specific committees unify retirement leadership including: data security, communications and PR, operations, consultants, advisors, recordkeepers, plan sponsors and other interested stakeholders who want to create a more robust and inclusive retirement system in America for future generations. Groups generally meet monthly or quarterly and participation is included with an Advisory Board membership.

Our Committees

Privacy Committee

Addressing the rapidly-changing environment around use of plan and participant data. Open to all members interested in privacy issues: legal, technical, product, consultants, plan sponsors, audit and advisors.

Government Relations Committee (GRC)

Our most active committee, GRC allows members to share views on legislative and regulatory issues and shape our retirement agenda. It also offers vital education through regular updates on legislative and regulatory topics.

Data Security Oversite Board (DSOB)

Formed to address cyber concerns, DSOB defines best practices and shares relevant ways to protect data and systems. It recognizes that an attack on any member creates reputational damage to the whole industry.

Fraud Prevention

Committee members work together to share prevention insights, trends and solve problems that face all financial services firms.

Retirement Income

Focused on expanding adoption by exploring new products, operational changes, tech innovation and shared solutions.

Public Relations

Promotes retirement plan market principals, legislative initiatives and DC plan value to improve financial security for American workers.

Senior Operating Council

Supports member COO’s by identifying emerging trends and opportunities around industry efficiencies and new products.

TPA Taskforce

TPA and Recordkeeper taskforce working together to develop industry standards for API’s between recordkeepers and TPAs.

Financial Literacy

Coordinating member firm efforts with government agencies on how best to tailor communications for diverse audiences.

Agenda Committee

Helps to set agendas for SPARK’s two annual conferences and quarterly Advisory Board meetings.

Want to learn more about our committees, contact Marlene Jung at marlene@sparkinstitute.org.

A Message From Our Committee Chairs

Doug Peterson, DSOB Chair

Snezana Zlatar, Financial Literacy Chair

Brendan Purcell, Fraud Prevention Chair

Mike Hadley, GRC Co-Chair

Chris Gaston, Privacy Co-Chair

Roberta Hess, PR Co-Chair

Larry McQuaid, Retirement Income Chair

Stephanie Stearman, SOC Co-Chair