In the decade since the Pension Protection Act was enacted, the retirement industry has come a long way—but there’s still more to be done. Vanguard’s head of Government Relations explains how a “PPA 2.0” could further help Americans successfully prepare for retirement.
Ms. Combs is a principal and head of Vanguard Government Relations. She and her team actively participate in policy discussions with lawmakers about new developments in the industry and offer expertise to help shape federal policy. Before joining Vanguard, Ms. Combs was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security (EBSA) from 2001 to 2006. She had a pivotal role in formulating the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Earlier in her career, Ms. Combs was vice president and chief counsel for pensions and retirement at the American Council of Life Insurers and a principal of Mercer. She earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from George Washington University.