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Brandon Rees is the Deputy Director, Corporations and Capital Markets for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

The AFL-CIO is a federation of 56 labor unions who represent 12.5 million members. Union sponsored and Taft-Hartley pension and employee benefit plans hold approximately $540 billion in assets.

The AFL-CIO Office of Investment promotes the interests of workers’ funds in the capital markets by leading corporate governance shareholder initiatives and advocating for legislative and regulatory reform. Brandon Rees is also a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s standing advisory group. He received his B.A. in Economics and J.D. from U.C. Berkeley.

On this episode of Outside In, Brandon talks with Jon about the importance of proxy voting, why Americans are overworked and the retirement savings crisis. They also discuss why 2022 was the year of the anti-ESG backlash and aligning the long-term investment horizons of retirement savers with their investments.

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