The ABCD’s nine members include practitioners from all main areas of actuarial practice and members of the five main U.S. actuarial organizations—the American Academy of Actuaries (the Academy), the ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA), the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), the Conference of Consulting Actuaries (the Conference), and the Society of Actuaries (SOA).

Each of the four primary areas of actuarial practice (casualty, health, life, pension) is represented by at least two members of the ABCD.

The ABCD’s members are appointed by a selection committee composed of the presidents and presidents-elect of the five participating organizations and chaired by the Academy president.

Current members

  • Areas of expertise: Retirement Systems
  • Professional credentials: MAAA, EA, ASA, FSPA
  • Phone number: 310-563-6200
  • Email:
  • Term expires: 2018
Biographical Summary

Richard Block is the chief actuary for Block Consulting Actuaries, Inc. He is responsible for setting standards and processes to ensure the highest quality work product.

Mr. Block is a frequent speaker at meetings sponsored by the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA), the Western Pension & Benefits Conference and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries.

Mr. Block was a co-founder of the College of Pension Actuaries (COPA) and served as its president (2007-2008). During his term as president, Mr. Block, along with Edward Burrows and Lawrence Deutsch, negotiated the combination of COPA with ASPPA. The result of this merger created the ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries or ACOPA.

Richard Block is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (1979), a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (1982), an Enrolled Actuary (1982) and a Fellow of the ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (2014).