AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Financial health, retirement savings, Social Security, and tax and budget policy
Gary Koenig is Vice President of Financial Security at the AARP Public Policy Institute, where he leads a team working on economic and consumer issues important to helping people achieve and maintain financial security as they age. Since 2016, he has directed the development of the AARP strategy on savings and financial planning, the goal of which is to drive better financial health by influencing public policy, private industry, and personal behavior. That strategy reflects the understanding that economic security in old age is influenced by financial stability during one’s working years. Since its launch in 2019, Koenig also has helped lead the development of AARP Money MapTM, an online platform that empowers users to take control of their finances through a unified experience of tools, resources, and opportunities to learn more about effectively managing their money. His research has primarily focused on Social Security and retirement savings policy, financial health, and innovative approaches to increasing lifetime income.
Before joining AARP, Koenig worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation for 13 years, where he specialized in employer-provided pensions and retirement plans.
In addition, Koenig is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and serves as a board member for the Employee Benefits Research Institute.
He holds a master’s degree in economics from Duke University.
- Payroll Deduction Retirement Programs Build Economic Security
- Supplemental Transition Accounts for Retirement: A Proposal to Increase Retirement Income Security and Reform Social Security
- The Long Road Back: Struggling to Find Work After Unemployment
Read Gary Koenig's blog posts.