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State-Facilitated Private Retirement Program

In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation directing Virginia529 to establish a retirement savings program.

Designed for Virginians whose employers do not offer a workplace retirement plan, the state-facilitated private retirement program is scheduled to launch on or before July 1, 2023.

Establishing Legislation (2021)

Virginia’s Opportunity


Approximately half of Virginia’s workers do not have a retirement plan1.

Approximately half of Virginia’s workers do not have a retirement plan1. This program will address the existing gaps and inequities by expanding access to retirement savings and providing more Virginians with a path to economic security.

Virginia will join a handful of other states that have successfully enacted similar retirement savings programs.

How it Works


Employees are 15 times more likely to save for retirement if an option is available at work2.

The state-facilitated private retirement program will ensure that all Virginians have an easy way to save a portion of their pay in a professionally managed Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Employee participation will be voluntary and flexible.

Certain Virginia employers that do not offer a retirement plan must offer the state-facilitated private retirement program.

The program will also be available to individuals who choose to enroll independently from their employer.

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Program Advisory Committee

A Program Advisory Committee (PAC) assists Virginia529 with the development of Virginia’s state-facilitated private retirement program.

Dante D. Jackson

Vice President
Atlantic Union Bank Wealth Management
(Board Member, Virginia529)

Evelyn Small Traub

Troutman Pepper

Dr. Edward H. Bersoff

Chairman, Greenwich Associates, LLC
Managing Director, PFF, LLC
(Board Chairman, Virginia529)

Wendy Carter

Vice President and Defined Contribution Director Segal

Dr. Elliott Dubin

Retired Policy, Tax and Economics Executive
(Board Member, Virginia529)

Manju Ganeriwala

State Treasurer
Virginia Department of the Treasury
(Board Member, Virginia529)

Michael L. Hadley

Davis & Harman LLP

Kelly L. Hiers

Defined Contribution Plans Administrator
Virginia Retirement System

LaJuanna Y. Russell

President & CEO, Business Management Associates, Inc.
Board Chair, Small Business Majority

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State-facilitated private retirement program with Virginia529


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