Transamerica Institute

Catherine Collinson


Catherine Collinson serves as President of the Transamerica InstituteSM and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and is a retirement and market trends expert and champion for Americans who are at risk for not achieving a financially secure retirement. Catherine oversees all research and outreach initiatives, including the Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey.

With more than 15 years of retirement services experience, Catherine has become a nationally recognized voice on retirement trends for the industry. She has testified before Congress on matters related to employer-sponsored retirement plans among small business, which have featured the need to raise awareness of the Saver’s Credit among those who would benefit most from the important tax credit. 

Catherine is regularly cited by top media outlets on retirement-related topics. Her expert commentary has appeared in major publications, including: The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Money, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Kiplinger’s, CBS MoneyWatch, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Employee Benefits News and HR Magazine.  She has also appeared on PBS’ “Nightly Business Report,” American Public Media’s “Marketplace” and CBS affiliates throughout the country.

Catherine speaks at major industry conferences each year, having appeared at events hosted by organizations including the Milken Institute, PSCA, LIMRA and PLANSPONSOR. She also authors articles published in leading industry journals, such as ASPPA, SPARK and PSCA.

Catherine volunteers for a number of community organizations and currently serves as a Trustee for the California Science Center Foundation. She is also a member of the Scripps College Alumni Association, for which she has served as National Reunion Giving Chair and Chair of the Ellen Browning Scripps Society.

Catherine is currently employed by Transamerica Retirement Solutions and serves as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning. Since joining the organization in 1995, she has been instrumental in identifying and evaluating short- and long-term strategic growth initiatives, developing business plans and building infrastructure to support the company’s high-growth strategy. 

Prior to her employment at Transamerica, Catherine spent nearly a decade at The Walt Disney Company, serving in a number of information services and business planning posts.

Catherine earned her bachelor’s degree in British and American literature at Scripps College, Claremont, California, and her master’s of business administration at the University of California, Irvine.

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