James Delaplane to Join the Vanguard Group

Vanguard announced that that James M. Delaplane, Jr. will join the investment management firm to lead its government affairs office in Washington, D.C.

Beginning in September, Delaplane will report to Ann L. Combs, Principal – Government Relations. He will be responsible for representing Vanguard shareholders on a broad range of legislative and regulatory issues, from financial services reform to retirement and tax policies. 

Currently a partner at Davis & Harman, LLP, Delaplane has represented financial institutions, employers, and public policy organizations on employee benefits, tax, and financial services matters before the U.S. Congress and the federal executive branch agencies. He previously served as Vice President, Retirement Policy, for the American Benefits Council, a national association representing the employee benefits interests of major U.S. employers. From 1996 to 1998, he acted as legislative counsel to U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-North Dakota) and as the chief staff person on retirement, health and related tax matters.  

Delaplane received his BA, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1989, and his JD, cum laude, in 1995, from the Harvard Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.  

“Jamey Delaplane is a leading and well-respected policy expert, and we look forward to adding his experience, perspective, and understanding of the investment management industry to our government affairs team,” said Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb. “[He] will be the ‘point person’ on many issues facing the industry today and will serve as a highly capable advocate for Vanguard and our clients.”