Diane Oakley

Executive Director at National Institute on Retirement Security

Diane Oakley

Diane Oakley

Executive Director at National Institute on Retirement Security


In January 2011, Diane Oakley was named executive director of the National Institute on Retirement Security. With the Board of Directors, Oakley leads the organization’s strategic planning, research, and education initiatives.

Before joining NIRS, Oakley served as senior policy advisor to Congressman Earl Pomeroy, who represented the state of North Dakota. There, she worked in a bi-partisan fashion with diverse groups to achieve policy solutions. Oakley played a key staff role in formulating legislative strategy on a range of tax, pension, Social Security, financial services, and workforce issues.

Prior to her service on Capitol Hill, Oakley held leadership positions with TIAA-CREF, a leading financial services provider. During her 28-year tenure with the organization, she held a number of management, public policy, and technical positions, including vice president for special consulting services and vice president for associations and government relations.

She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Fairfield University, where she graduated Cum Laude. She earned an M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

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National Institute on Retirement Security

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B.S. Mathematics

Fairfield University is a private, co-educational undergraduate and master's level teaching-oriented university located in Fairfield, Connecticut, in the New England region of the United States. It was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1942, and today is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The primary objectives of a Fairfield University education are to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility.

M.B.A., Finance

The mission of the Gabelli School of Business is to inspire and empower positive global change, developing students into compassionate business leaders and supporting faculty and students in the ongoing generation of new knowledge.

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Executive Director

To promote social welfare by conducting national research, education and outreach programs that foster a deep understanding of the value of retirement security in the US.

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Former Representative from the 26th District at North Dakota House of Representatives


Founder at Congressional Black Caucus Institute

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