Corporate Advisory Committee

NCTR recognizes the significant value of its Associate Member organizations helping to sustain many of its core activities through payment of annual dues and sponsorship of many NCTR events. It is further recognized that there should be a vehicle for Associate Member organizations to provide advice and counsel to NCTR’s governance process. The Corporate Advisory Committee was established to facilitate attainment of this objective.

Committee Members

Katie Comstock, Partner
Phone: (847) 612-2821

Baillie Gifford International LLC
Joel Ayee, Client Relationship Manager
Phone: (347) 638-4149

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
Hannah Ross, Partner
Phone: (917) 445-3155

Berwyn Group
Jeff Anderson, Business Development Manager

Trevor Boire, Director, Pensions East
Phone: (617) 357-1235

Cavanaugh Macdonald LLC
Todd B. Green, President, Consulting Actuary
Phone: (678) 388-1705

Elizabeth Wiley, Coordinator & Consulting Actuary
Phone: (703) 893-1456 ext 1025

Fairview Capital Partners
Michele A. Chow-Tai, Managing Director
Phone: (860) 674-8066

Gabriel, Roeder, Smith & Company
Paul Wood, Senior Consultant & Actuary
Phone: (720) 274-7275

Ice Miller LLP
Audra Ferguson, Partner
Phone: (317) 236-2249

Janus Henderson Investors
Pat Caragher, Managing Director
Phone: (708) 921-3377

Linea Solutions
Peter Dewar, President
Phone: (703) 850-4100

Lord Abbett & Co., LLC
Kristen Doyle, Head of U.S. Institutional Market Strategy
Phone: (773) 372-6153

Ryan Falls, Consulting Actuary & Statewide System Marketing Lead
Phone: (214) 863-5635

National Education Association
Michael Hairston, Senior Pension Specialist
Phone: (202) 822-7341

Nossaman LLP
Ashley Dunning, Partner and Co-Chair of the Public Pension & Investments Group
Phone: (415) 438-7228

Robbins, Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Ruby Menon, Attorney
Phone: (347) 844-2140

Andrew Sherman, Sr. Vice President
Phone: (617) 424-7337

T. Rowe Price 
Deirdre Guice, Vice-President
Phone: (917) 297-5007

William Blair & Company
James White, Partner, Consultant Relations and Business Development
Phone: (312) 364-889


The Corporate Advisory Committee shall be comprised of 20 Associate Member organizations. These organizations should reflect the broad diversity of type and size of NCTR’s Associate Members. Membership on the Corporate Advisory Committee belongs to the organization.


As stated under “Purpose,” the members of the Corporate Advisory Committee shall provide advice and counsel to NCTR’s governance process. In addition, members shall plan to participate in NCTR’s Spring Executive Committee meeting and the Annual Conference. They may also be invited to participate in other NCTR events during the year.

Term of Office:

Each organization shall be invited to serve a three (3) calendar-year term. Terms will be staggered. No organization shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms unless approved by a vote of the Executive Committee. It shall be each organization’s responsibility to designate a representative to serve on the Corporate Advisory Committee and may replace such representative at the organization’s discretion.


Each member of the Corporate Advisory Committee will pay a bundled fee to serve as members, which will be determined annually by the NCTR Executive Committee. The fee may cover, but is not limited to:

  • Co-sponsorship of the Spring Executive Committee Meeting
  • Co-sponsorship of an Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

Appointment Process:

The current NCTR President shall nominate Associate Member organizations to fill expired and/or vacant terms on the Corporate Advisory Committee, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.

Criteria to be considered for appointment:

  • Involvement/Participation: Organizations should be appointed to and retained on the Corporate Advisory Committee on the basis of professional integrity and involvement in supporting the goals of NCTR.  Organizations should be chosen on the basis of their record as members of the association and their involvement with the public retirement profession.
  • Size and Type of Firm: The Corporate Advisory Committee should represent the wide variety of sizes and types of Associate Member organizations.
  • Diversity: The composition of the Corporate Advisory Committee should reflect NCTR’s goal to have a diverse mix actively involved in all aspects of the organization.