Jeffrey McGuiness is CEO Emeritus of HR Policy Association, the nation’s leading organization of Chief Human Resource Officers. For more than four decades, he had the privilege of working alongside the most talented people in the human resource profession, his career spanning the period when the position of the senior HR executive in Fortune 500 companies came of age.
McGuiness began working for Labor Policy Association in 1973, a public policy advocacy group focused on improving labor and employee relations practices in the United States. He became its chief executive in 1988 and in 2003 reconstituted it as HR Policy Association representing any matter of broad concern to senior corporate HR leaders. By the time he stepped down as its CEO in 2016, the organization had been involved in virtually ever major employment policy debate in Congress and before the federal regulatory agencies, including development of policies implementing the Affordable Care Act and major changes in the employment laws, as well as strengthening corporate human resource policies and practices. As part of the Association’s evolution, he led the formation of several initiatives supporting its mission, including the Center On Executive Compensation, the American Health Policy Institute, Health Care Policy Roundtable, and Jobipedia.
In 1995, McGuiness was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in recognition of his leadership in proceedings before a Department of Labor commission during the Clinton administration and resulting changes in labor policy. In 2019, he was elected a Distinguished Fellow in the Academy, a lifetime achievement award for his work in the human resource field.
McGuiness was the senior partner of McGuiness, Yager & Bartl, a public policy law firm in Washington, DC, that served as the association management company for HR Policy Association’s various endeavors. He was also president and CEO of Health Care Policy Roundtable LLC which provides health care offerings to large employers, including Retiree Health Access and National Health Access. He remains active in the Roundtable.
From 1981 to 1984, McGuiness served as Chairman of the Civil Rights Reviewing Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services. From 1979 to 1980, he was Special Counsel to Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) during the drafting of the Chrysler bailout program. He is a graduate of Principia College and the American University School of Law. A member of the District of Columbia bar, he is the author of several publications and commentary on workplace policy.