TIAA Names David Richardson Head of The TIAA Institute

New York, NY (February 18, 2022) – TIAA recently appointed Dr. David Richardson to lead the TIAA Institute.

Dr. Richardson, who has been with the TIAA Institute since 2007, recently served as Acting Head and Managing Director of Research since Stephanie Bell-Rose’s retirement in November 2020. As Head of the Institute, Richardson oversees the Institute’s work to advance TIAA’s impact on individual and institutional clients and inform a sound, national retirement system.

“As the Institute’s resident expert on financial security and lifetime income solutions, Dave will continue to build upon his insights and skills to lead and broaden the Institute’s thought leadership agenda and impact,” said Thasunda Brown Duckett, President and CEO of TIAA.

The TIAA Institute was established over 22 years ago to promote TIAA’s commitment to scholarship, thought leadership and its unique and longstanding partnership with the higher education community.

“After almost 15 years with the TIAA Institute, I am honored to oversee our vital work focused on improving financial security and organizational effectiveness for the higher education, non-profit and public sectors,” said Richardson. “I look forward to the opportunity to advance the Institute’s work to provide our participants with objective, actionable information to make better-informed decisions.”

Before joining the Institute, Richardson served as Senior Economist for Public Finance at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and held the New York Life Chair in Risk Management and Insurance at Georgia State University. He also worked as a financial economist in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury, was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Davidson College, Research Associate at the Center for Risk Management and Insurance Research, and Teaching Fellow at Boston College. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Boston College and a B.B.A. from the University of Georgia.

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