With experience in the private sector, the Department of Labor, and Congress, Kendra is well-positioned to help Mindset clients achieve their policy goals on a broad range of policy issues, including retirement and tax.
Prior to joining Mindset, Kendra served as the Pensions Policy Director and Senior Tax Counsel for the Senate President Pro Tempore Patty Murray and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. In these positions, she advised then-Chair Patty Murray on all pension-related issues and managed all aspects of the committee’s retirement agenda. Kendra has many notable legislative accomplishments, such as the “Save our Community Newspaper Act,” the retirement provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act,” the “Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act,” which was included in the “American Rescue Plan Act”, and most recently, “SECURE 2.0.” Kendra also managed the Senator’s economic and tax portfolios, which included staffing the Senator in her role as a Conference Committee member on the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.”
Kendra also served as a Department of Labor detailee to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce as well as an Employee Benefits Law Specialist for the Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Kendra’s private sector career includes positions at the HR Policy Association, the law firms Slevin & Hart, P.C. and Venable LLP, as well as at Washington Council Ernst & Young.
Kendra has been an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, and Stetson University College of Law, and is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (LLM, Tax), The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (JD), and Dartmouth College.
Kendra’s hidden talent: She can weave pop culture into any topic and has made a sport of writing tax and ERISA exams based on her current television viewing much to the amusement of her students.