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Susan Neely

Susan K. Neely is President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), whose mission is to help families live better lives by achieving financial security and certainty. ACLI’s 280 member companies represent 94 percent of industry assets and provide financial security products and services to 90 million families.


In her role, Neely has forged groundbreaking initiatives and partnerships to increase access to financial security for all Americans, regardless of where or how they work, their life stage, or the economic status of their household. This includes the passage of the SECURE Act in 2019, the first retirement security legislation passed in a decade. Under her leadership, ACLI launched the Economic Empowerment and Racial Equity Initiative to tackle issues like addressing systemic inequality and closing savings gaps. ACLI was among the first associations to have 100% of its Board of Directors sign to the CEO Action pledge, committing to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Neely is widely recognized as one of the most influential people in association leadership. She is a two-time trade association CEO of the year, one of Washingtonian’s “most influential people” and “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington.”