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What We Do

The Public Policy Council advises the CEO of CFP Board on public policy issues affecting CFP Board, its certificants and members of the public. Meeting twice a year, the Public Policy Council plays an integral role in providing expert advice and recommending timely actions on the latest policy  developments of interest to CFP Board.

The Public Policy Council members regularly identify significant public policy issues, prioritize them and develop policy position statements for consideration by CFP Board. Some past topics include advocacy efforts related to:

  • Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation Best Interest rulemaking package;
  • Retirement security policies in the United States;
  • Nontraditional fees for financial planning services, such as retainers and hourly/monthly rates;
  • Department of Labor's Fiduciary Rule; and
  • Title regulation of financial planners.

Who We Are

All Public Policy Council members are appointed by the CEO, and are individuals of good reputation and high moral character. The majority of the Public Policy Council is composed of public members. Other members include at least two CFP® professionals, who provide the latest on-the-ground experience with clients. Each Public Policy Council member serves a three-year term.

Public Policy Council Members

Allison Bishop

Senior Vice President, Associate
General Counsel

Elizabeth Cox, CFP®
Co-Founder and Partner
Merit Financial Partners

Nicole Iannarone
Assistant Professor of Law
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline
School of Law

Micah Hauptman
Director of Investor Protection
Consumer Federation of America

Claire McHenry
President, NASAA
Deputy Director – Securities Bureau
Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance

Amy Ouellette, CFP®
VP, Retirement Services

Laura Posner
Cohen Milstein

Fred Reish
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Aron Szapiro
Head of Government Affairs

CFP Board

Leo Rydzewski
General Counsel
CFP Board

Erin Koeppel
Managing Director, Government Relations & Public Policy
CFP Board

Maureen Thompson
(Retired) Vice President, Public Policy
CFP Board

Interested in contributing to CFP Board's work through service on the Public Policy Council or other important advisory and working groups?