Retirement and benefits policy veteran Leslie Beth Kramerich has been appointed government affairs officer for retirement security and tax policy at the Investment Company Institute.

Kramerich will be responsible for managing the development and implementation of legislative strategies on retirement security and tax issues affecting mutual funds and their investors, ICI announced. She will report to Dan Crowley, chief government affairs officer at ICI.

Most recently, Kramerich served for two years as a principal with Mercer Human Resource consulting in the nation's capital, providing legislative and regulatory strategic expertise to clients, as well as representing Mercer with the American Benefits Council, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act Industry Committee, and the Business Roundtable.

Prior to joining Mercer, Kramerich was assistant secretary within the U.S. Department of Labor's pension and welfare benefits administration, where she directed a staff of more than 700 in performing administrative, policy and enforcement functions under ERISA.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio State University College of Law, Kramerich also gained experience as a partner at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand as well as the attorney-advisor to chief negotiator for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. She also worked as a staff member to the late Sen. John Heinz, Sen. David Durenberger and counsel to the late Rep. Silvio Conte.

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