Aliya Wong | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Aliya Wong

Executive Director, Retirement Policy

Aliya Wong is the Executive Director of Retirement Policy at the United States Chamber of Commerce. She is responsible for developing, promoting and publicizing the Chamber’s policy on employer-provided retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation, and Social Security. Wong regularly meets with members of Congress, the administration, and regulatory agencies to promote the Chamber’s retirement policy and represents the organization on the steering committee of several national coalitions. She led the Chamber’s efforts on several pieces of retirement legislation, including the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the Workers, Retirees, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008, and the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010. 

Before joining the Chamber, Wong was a practicing attorney specializing in ERISA and tax qualification matters related to pension, health and welfare plans and executive compensation. She wrote an Internet article “Defined Benefit Plans in an Era of Phased Retirement.” Wong co-authored an amicus curiae brief filed with the United States Supreme Court in the matter of Egelhoff v. Egelhoff, 121 S. Ct. 1322 (2001), which was ruled upon favorably. Wong frequently gives presentations on legislative issues surrounding retirement policy for organizations, including the American Bar Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans.

Wong is admitted to the New York State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar and is also a member of the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. She is a 1997 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she also received a Master of Laws in Taxation. Wong received a Bachelors of Arts in economics and African studies from Yale University.

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