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Minnesota Secure Choice Retirement Program


  Minnesota Secure Choice Retirement Program Board of Directors appointments

The board consists of three members appointed by the Commission, two members appointed by the Governor’s office, and the executive directors of the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) and the State Board of Investment (SBI).

The Executive Committee of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement met on Monday, January 8, at 10 a.m. to appoint three members of the board of directors of the Minnesota Secure Choice Retirement Program. The Commission’s Executive Committee consists of Chair Rep. Kaohly Vang Her, Vice Chair Sen. Nick Frenz, and Secretary Rep. Tim O’Driscoll. The Committee appointed the following, effective January 15, 2024:

  • Cynthia Geiwitz, to the seat to be filled by an executive or operations manager with substantial experience in recordkeeping 401(k) plans. Ms. Geiwitz is Senior Counsel for Wells Fargo & Company.
  • Danica Goshert, to the seat to be filled by an executive or operations manager with substantial experience in individual retirement accounts. Ms. Goshert is Senior Vice President and Private Wealth Manager at Integrated Equity Management.
  • James Miley, to the seat to be filled by an executive or operations manager with substantial experience in retirement plan investments. Mr. Miley is co-founder, Managing Director, and Chief Investment Officer of Hays Financial Group.

The above appointments were approved contingent on completion of a background check. The background checks have been completed and the appointments are now final.

The Governor made his appointments on January 12 and they are:

  • Alex West Steinman, to fill the seat for a small business owner.
  • Robin Ritter, to fill the seat for a human resources executive.

  Minnesota Secure Choice Retirement Program enacted

On May 19, 2023, Governor Walz signed into law a bill establishing the Minnesota Secure Choice Retirement Program. Secure Choice is intended to benefit employees in the private sector who have no opportunity to save for retirement through an employer-sponsored retirement plan such as a 401(k) plan. Employers that do not sponsor a retirement plan for their employees are required to transmit a percentage of each employee’s pay to the Program, where it will be deposited into a state-sponsored individual retirement account (IRA) for the employee. Employees have the option to change the contribution percentage or opt out of participation altogether. Employees direct the investment of their accounts into a diversified array of investment funds offered through the State Board of Investment (SBI).

  Read the staff summary of the final version of the bill.