Dallas Salisbury, President and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), joined EBRI as the chief staff executive at its founding in 1978.
EBRI provides “just the facts”: objective research, data, education and insight to inform decision making. The overall EBRI mission is “to contribute to, to encourage, and to enhance the development of sound employee benefit programs and sound public policy through objective research and education.” EBRI has earned widespread regard as an organization that "tells it like it is.”
EBRI is supported financially by for-profit and non-profit corporations of all types, foundations, unions, government organizations, and international organizations seeking to better understand U.S economic security programs.
The Institute does not lobby and does not advocate or oppose any policy position. The task of EBRI is to provide objective information regarding the employee benefit system and related financial security issues, to achieve its primary goal: that policy and design decisions be based on verifiable facts. Researchers, policymakers and the media rely heavily on EBRI research. Dallas regularly testifies at congressional and commission hearings and appears in print and broadcast media around the world. EBRI is one of the 20 most frequently cited “think-tanks” in the nation using www.fair.org methods.
Dallas serves on a number of advisory groups and boards. His assignments have included Social Security Administration Appointee to the Outside Scholar Panels for the SSA's Financial Literacy Research Consortium, the Securities and Exchange Commission Investor Advisory Committee, the Board of Advisors to the Comptroller General of the United States, and the Board of Directors of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the Board of Directors of National Academy of Human Resources and the NAHR Foundation, the Secretary of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council, the presidentially appointed PBGC Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the Society for Human Resources Management, the U.S. Advisory Panel on Medicare Education, the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and numerous other commissions and advisory groups.
He has been honored with the Award for Professional Excellence from the Society for Human Resource Management, the Plan Sponsor Lifetime Achievement Award and the Keystone Award of World at Work, the Public Service Award of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits, the Plan Sponsor Leadership Award and the EBRI Lillywhite Award. Dallas was a delegate to the White House/Congress National Summits on Retirement Savings and to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Additionally, he served on the Board of the Southern Employee Benefits Conference, and recognized by SEBC with Life Membership and the 2012 Hazlehurst Lamon Award. Dallas accepted a National Emmy Award for Savingsman ® and theChoosetoSave ®org public education program.
Dallas has written and lectured extensively on economic security topics.
Dallas is interviewed regularly by all media, has appeared in all major media and on all major networks, specialty channels such as CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox, Fox Business, and PBS, as well as radio and web networks and programs. Plan Sponsor Magazine recognizes him as “one of fifteen legends”; 401(k) Wire as “one of the ten most influential’; and Pension & Investments as “one of the 30 who have made the most difference to retirement in America”. In addition to other coverage, The PBS Lehrer News Hour did a feature piece on Dallas: ‘Dallas Salisbury takes Savingsman® to the nation’, and Institutional Investor Magazine did a feature article on Dallas and EBRI titled: "When Dallas Talks, Washington Listens".
Prior to joining EBRI, Dallas held full-time positions with the Washington State Legislature, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). He holds a Bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Washington and an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Dallas grew up in Everett, Washington, and now resides in Washington, D.C.