BOSTON– April 1, 2024–(BUSINESS WIRE)– NEPC, LLC, one of the industry’s largest independent investment consulting firms, overseeing $1.6 trillion in assets under management and advisement, announced that Mikaylee O’Connor will join the firm as Principal, Head of Defined Contribution (DC) Solutions, effective April 1st, 2024. O’Connor will be responsible for leading the way NEPC’s DC practice delivers innovative and creative solutions to clients. As the retirement space continues to evolve, O’Connor, in addition to serving clients, will oversee NEPC’s DC plan trends research and data analytics, guiding strategic initiatives related to target date funds, managed accounts, retirement income solutions, and other investments that are vital to the retirement outcomes of participants. She will report directly to Bill Ryan, Partner, Defined Contribution Team Leader.

“As a team, we are focused on helping our clients navigate and leading the discussion around issues relating to retirement income,” said Bill Ryan, NEPC’s Partner, Defined Contribution Team Leader. “Mikaylee’s extensive experience and deep expertise working with a diverse client set will position NEPC to continue identifying innovative solutions that help alleviate those concerns.”

Before joining NEPC, O’Connor was a Principal, Senior Defined Contribution Strategist within PGIM DC Solutions. She provided thought leadership to clients and supported the development of forward-thinking solutions designed to improve participant outcomes. Prior to that, O’Connor spearheaded RVK’s DC practice as their Head of DC Solutions overseeing strategic direction and growth of the practice. Her unique perspective will continue elevating NEPC’s DC Solutions platform as an industry-leading consultant and trusted partner.

As a thought leader in the DC space, Mikaylee sits on the DCIIA Operating and Executive Committees and has been influential across many other industry groups, such as NAGDCA, where she is on their Legislative Committee.

“Joining NEPC’s esteemed and innovative team marks an exciting phase in my career,” said O’Connor. “We are currently undergoing a unique transition in the retirement space. I am eager to contribute to the firm’s trajectory and partner with our DC team and clients to lead the creation and delivery of world-class DC solutions.”



NEPC is an independent investment consultant, private wealth advisor, and OCIO provider serving over 400 retainer clients and $1.6 trillion in total assets. Combining a proprietary investment team dedicated to the long-term challenges facing investors with our unique client-centric model, NEPC builds forward-looking investment portfolios for institutional investors and ultra-high-net-worth families. To learn more about NEPC, visit