John Adler represents the mayor and conducts research on pension fund investment issues, serving as advisor to the trustees of New York City’s five retirement systems and the deferred compensation plan, which serve over 650,000 active and retired participants and have total assets in excess of $200 billion. He chairs the board of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System and is a senior staff member of the Department of Finance, where he supervises a staff of five.
Prior to joining the City in 2015, John spent 23 years working with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), 14 working on pension and retirement issues and nine as an organizer with 1199/SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. In these roles, John worked with leaders, locals, and members to address threats to members’ retirement security and to advocate for solutions to the retirement security crisis the United States faces due to the decline of private sector pensions. He represented SEIU on the board of the National Public Pension Coalition and served as an advisory member of the investment committee of the $9 billion 1199SEIU Health Care Employees Pension Fund.
John has extensive experience in private equity, infrastructure investment, and public policy; he has presented at numerous investment and labor conferences. He earned his B.A. from Yale University and lives in Brooklyn.