Working to inform and advance
our strategic priorities.
The IPA Committees play a central role in our efforts to provide national leadership for the portfolio diversifying investments industry.
IPA Committees enable every IPA member to provide input and stay up-to-date.
The IPA’s work is directly informed and guided by our members, which is designed to:
- Ensure that our Committees receive ongoing input from our members.
- Keep our members updated on the topics they’re most interested in.
Frequently Asked Questions
All IPA members may join any Committee and can serve on multiple IPA Committees. To address specific goals and projects, several Committees have standing subcommittees and task forces. Each Committee is headed by a Chair and Chair-Elect, with a two-year term that involves one year as Chair-Elect and the subsequent year as Chair. The Policy, Regulatory, and Legal Affairs Committee operates slightly differently, with three co-chairs with staggered three-year terms. This structure ensures continuity and effective leadership within that Committee.
Each Committee is led by a Chair and Chair-Elect who are selected and approved by the IPA Board for two-year terms. Note: The Policy, Regulatory and Legal Affairs committee has co-chairs with staggered terms to ensure continuity.
Committee Members are selected from the applicant pool by the Chair and Chair-Elect of each Committee and IPA staff to serve one-year terms, with the option of being renewed for one additional year.
Individuals must then vacate their committee seat for one year before being eligible to be reconsidered for that committee. However, members are eligible to apply to serve on a different committee directly following their two years of service. Members may serve on concurrent committees.
Policy, Regulatory and Legal Affairs
This Committee works to advance the portfolio diversifying investment industry through regulatory and legislative activities including: issues arising out of Congress, the Administration, federal and state regulatory and self-regulatory agencies and state legislatures, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Labor and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). The Committee reviews and formulates policy positions, and prepares agency comment letters, Congressional materials and other documents. The Committee conducts regular Committee calls, hosts an annual in-person strategic planning meeting to formulate the IPA’s yearly policy agenda, and conducts a Capitol Hill “fly-in” lobbying day to discuss with Congressional delegates issues impacting the portfolio diversifying investment industry.
Industry Data and Research
This Committee will drive the future growth of the portfolio diversifying investment industry by advancing independent industry data and serving as a key resource for real-time access. The Committee will guide the development of deep and broad analysis of investor’s behavior vis-à-vis investments, risk tolerance, liquidity needs, demographic, market condition and historical data analysis. The research will identify direct statistical impacts on product performance in different market cycle as well as other critical performance data. The Committee conducts regular Committee calls and in-person meetings at IPA conferences.
Technology, Innovation and Operations
This Committee identifies, promotes and advances the use of standards that benefit asset managers, distribution partners and stakeholders that provide services to the industry. The Committee serves as a venue for thought leaders to discuss best practices and technology enhancements. The Committee conducts regular Committee calls and in-person meetings at IPA conferences.
Compliance & Due Diligence
This Committee promotes awareness and understanding of the impact of current regulatory matters relating to compliance through the exchange of information and resources. It works to foster the quality and consistency of risk management and due diligence associated with portfolio diversifying investments. In doing so, the Committee will develop, promote and/or enhance industry best practices and guidelines for compliance and due diligence professionals focused on portfolio diversifying investments. The Committee conducts regular Committee calls and in-person meetings at IPA conferences.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
This Committee works to support and advance efforts to achieve equity for the members of the IPA and throughout the portfolio diversifying investments industry. The Committee focuses on providing tools and resources to assist members in seeking innovation and collaboration through focus on an inclusive and diverse workforce bringing people of diverse backgrounds, experiences and expertise together. The Committee plays a key role in developing best practices for the IPA and its members as well as providing IPA members equity-focused events and other programming. The Committee conducts regular Committee calls and in-person meetings at IPA conferences.
This Committee sets priorities and develops and implements action plans specific to IPA member firms and industry stakeholders involved in the formation, distribution, and operation of portfolio diversifying investments. Its broader purpose is to help facilitate the growth of the portfolio diversifying investment industry, develop industry-wide guidelines, work to enhance portfolio diversifying investment information and resources, strengthen support for portfolio diversifying investment industry participants, and advance the welfare of the portfolio diversifying investment investing public. The Committee conducts regular Committee calls and in-person meetings at IPA conferences.