Thair Phillips - President
Phillips is responsible for providing leadership in multiple areas that engage all facets of the organization, including Congressional relations, communications, grassroots advocacy and expanding the supporter base.
Phillips is dedicated to ensuring that legislative agendas protect the quality of life and economic well-being of older Americans while supporting common sense solutions to the challenges of the future. As president, Phillips goals are to establish RetireSafe as the key voice for and about those issues that affect retiring and retired Americans nationwide, and to put RetireSafe’s stamp on legislation affecting those Americans.
Phillips career includes a range of expertise in both the public and private arenas. He was former CEO of the Seniors Coalition, a three million member seniors organization, where he oversaw legislative efforts, funding, grassroots activities, member recruitment and education, and communications. Phillips also served as executive director of the National Subacute Care Association, an organization for promoting the use of subacute care facilities to offset the high cost of prolonged stays in hospitals.
His background includes stints as a B-52 crew member and a war planning specialist in the Air Force and later as a computer systems consultant where he served as a contractor on projects for the Department of Labor, GSA, and the EPA.
Al Cors, Jr. - Vice President, Public Affairs
Cors is a 40-year plus veteran of legislative campaigns on Capitol Hill and in most of the 50 state capitols. Since early 2004, he has served as the lead legislative advocate for RetireSafe's nearly 400,000 plus supporters. His daily mission is to protect the Social Security and Medicare benefits of every older American. He manages RetireSafe's legislative issues on these critical programs, as well as on tax, retirement, and consumer issues.
Cors is an outspoken advocate for the research and development of new treatments and cures needed to address heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. In coalition with America's leading patient advocate groups, Cors works continuously to enhance the lives of older Americans. Concurrently, for the past five years, Cors has served as Policy Director for the Senior Center for Health and Security, a separate, but related, educational foundation. In this capacity he speaks frequently on health care, prescription drug safety, financial and consumer issues of great importance to seniors.
Previous posts for Cors include the National Taxpayers Union (Vice President for Government Affairs), the National Tax Limitation Committee (Director of Legislative and Political Affairs), and the National Rifle Association of America (Federal Lobbyist and State Liaison). In the mid-1970s, he served as Administrative Assistant for the Assistant House Majority Leader of the Indiana House of Representatives.