Diann Howland is Vice President, Legislative Affairs for the American Benefits Council, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. representing primarily Fortune 500 companies that either sponsor or administer health and retirement benefits covering more than 100 million Americans. Diann supports the legislative and policy staff on a variety of issues while focusing specifically on retirement policy. Diann previously served the Council as vice president, retirement policy, from February 2004 to March 2005.
Diann brings to the Council over twenty five years of legislative experience in the Senate, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Department of Labor. Most recently she served as Pension Policy Director for the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee under then-Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) when the Pension Protection Act (PPA) was developed and enacted. Earlier in her career Howland was the Pension Policy Advisor to Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), then-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. During her tenure on the Senate Finance Committee she worked on the development of legislation that led to the passage of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA), as well as specific provisions in other legislation. Diann can be reached at (202) 621-1976.