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Founding Chair

  • Robert M. Ball

William M. Rodgers III (Chair) is Professor of Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Chief Economist at John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. His research examines issues in labor economics and the economics of social problems. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Rodgers served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000 to 2001, and he was the Frances L. and Edwin L. Professor Cummings of Economics at the College of William and Mary. Rodgers has appointments as a member of the Graduate Faculty at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and senior research affiliate at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. His policy work spans from working on Acting Governor Codey's pensions benefits review task force to serving as a member of Governor Corzine's commission on government efficiency and reform. Currently, he sits on the National Urban League’s Council of Economic Advisors, and he served on President Obama’s Department of Labor Transition Team. Rodgers' expertise is frequently called upon by journalists for articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Financial Times, U.S.A. Today, Business Week, and other publications. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2006, he has served as the Co-Chair for the 2010 Academy Conference, Beyond the Bad Economy: Jobs, Retirement, Health, and Social Insurance. Rodgers received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Renée M. Landers (Vice Chair) is Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School and teaches administrative law, constitutional law, and health law.  She is the Faculty Director of the school’s Health and Biomedical Law Concentration.  President of the Boston Bar Association in 2003-2004, she was the first woman of color and the first law professor to serve in that position.  She has worked in private practice and served as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of health and Human Services and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice during the Clinton Administration. In August 2016, Landers was elected to a one-year term as Chair of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association in August 2016 after having served as Chair-Elect (2015 – 2016), Vice Chair (2014 – 2015), and Secretary (2011-2014). She also serves as a member of the board of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.  She was a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct and served as Vice Chair of the Commission from 2009 to 2010.  She served on the task force that drafted the revised Code of Judicial Conduct effective in 2016. Currently, she is a member of the Committee on Judicial Ethics.  Previously, she was a member of the Supreme Judicial Court’s committees studying gender bias and racial and ethnic bias in the courts.  She is the author of articles on the potential for Massachusetts health care reform initiatives to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care and aspects of the Affordable Care Act.  A member of NASI since 2008, Landers was a member of NASI’s study panels on Strengthening Medicare’s Role in Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and on Health Insurance Exchanges, and co-chaired the 21st NASI Conference on ''Social Insurance, Fiscal Responsibility, and Economic Growth''. She is a regular commentator on legal developments in constitutional law, health law, and administrative law for media organizations. Landers has served as the president of the boards of Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the Shady Hill School, the Harvard Board of Overseers, and has also served on the board of WGBH and the Board of Overseers of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has received awards from Radcliffe College, Boston College Law School, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network.

Christopher W. O’Flinn (Treasurer) is President of BenefitsAmericas LLC, a marketing research firm founded in 1998 specializing in coalition purchasing of employee benefits and services. Previously, Chris spent thirty years with the Mobil Corporation and AT&T. At AT&T, Chris was Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, responsible for Compensation, Benefits, and Employee and Labor Relations. At Mobil Corporation, Chris held senior positions in the Law Department and in Human Resources, including Employee Relations Counsel and Manager of Compensation and Benefits. Chris has served as Chair of the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), Trustee of the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI), Member of the Advisory Council on Pensions to the New York State Comptroller and Chair of the Conference Board Research Council on Benefits. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2000, Mr. O’Flinn received his J.D. and LL.M. from New York University School of Law and a BA from Fordham College.

Marty Ford (Secretary) is Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy at The Arc of the United States, a national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Ms. Ford leads the five person team representing The Arc on Capitol Hill and before federal agencies. She is a recognized leader in federal public policy affecting people with disabilities, particularly long term services and supports, Medicaid, and Social Security disability issues, and has testified numerous times before Congress. Ms. Ford served three years as Chairperson of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of over 110 national organizations, and continues to serve as its Immediate Past Chairperson. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (Academy) since 2000, Ms. Ford served on its study panel for Uncharted Waters: Paying Benefits from Individual Accounts in Federal Retirement Policy and now serves on its Board of Directors and chairs its Membership Committee. She was recognized as the distinguished honoree for disability policy at the Academy’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2011. Ms. Ford is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Advance CLASS and serves on the Board of the Long Term Quality Alliance. A member of the American Bar Association, she has served on its Commission on Law and Aging, currently serving as its disability liaison, and on the Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law. She received her J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center; M.S. from Pratt Institute; and B.A. from the University of Virginia.

William Arnone is Chief Executive Officer at the Academy. As a Partner with Ernst & Young LLP for 15 years up to 2009, he was responsible for the strategic positioning, design, management, marketing, and thought leadership of retirement and financial education and counseling in employer-sponsored programs. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, he was Principal, Benefit Consultant, and National Director of Financial & Retirement Planning Services for Buck Consultants, Inc. (now part of Xerox). He joined Buck in 1981 after serving as Director, Senior Security Services, for the New York City Department for the Aging. He also served as Consultant on Employment of Older Workers for the Florence V. Burden Foundation in New York. He previously was Executive Director of Helping Aged Needing Direction in the Bronx. He also served as a staff associate with the New York City Board of Correction. He is co-author of Ernst & Young’s Retirement Planning Guide (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001). He is an Associate Editor of The Columbia Retirement Handbook (Columbia University Press, 1994). He is a Founding Board Member of the Academy and served on the Academy's Board of Directors from 1986 to 1994. He co-chaired the Academy’s 2010 conference, “Beyond the Bad Economy.” and has served on the Academy’s Strategic Planning Committee and chaired its advisory committee for Ford Foundation organizational awards to enable the voices of vulnerable segments of the U.S. population to participate effectively in the debate on the future of Social Security. He received a J.D. from New York University Law School in 1973. He was selected as one of the first Charles H. Revson Fellows on the Future of New York City by the Columbia University School of Business for 1979-1980.

G. Lawrence Atkins is currently Executive Director of the Long-Term Quality Alliance. In 2013 he served as Staff Director of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care, which was created as part of budget legislation to find solutions to the difficulties families and individuals have in accessing and financing LTSS. Previously, Atkins was Executive Director of U.S. Public Policy for Merck & Co., where he directed the pharmaceutical company’s public policy and legislative strategy development, covering federal, state and local public policy issues. Prior to joining Merck, he held a similar position at Schering-Plough Corporation. Previously, Atkins was President of the consulting firm Health Policy Analysts. He has also worked for The Jefferson Group and the law firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts. During the 1980s, Atkins served as Republican Staff Director and professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. He was also staff to Senator Heinz as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Private Retirement Plans. In 1982, he was Senator Heinz’s Technical Advisor on the National Commission on Social Security Reform. Atkins was a member of the 1991 Advisory Council on Social Security, the Technical Advisory Panel on retirement savings for the 1995 Advisory Council on Social Security, and the Academy’s 2010 study panel on Health Insurance Exchanges. A founding member and past President of NASI, he received his Ph.D. in social welfare policy from Brandeis University.

Robert A. BerensonM.D., is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute and on the faculty of the George Washington University School of Public Health. From 1998 to 2001, he was a senior official in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Before that he had nine-year tenure as board member and medical director of the National Capital Preferred Provider Organization. He also founded and practiced for twelve years in an internal medicine group practice in Washington, D.C. Dr. Berenson served on the Academy’s Study Panel on Medicare Capitation and Choice and as co-chair of its Study Panel on Administrative Issues in Expanding Coverage in Health Care Reform. Previously, Dr. Berenson was an Assistant Director of the Domestic Policy Staff at the White House (1979–1980), and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar (1977–1979). He has written extensively on issues related to physician practice in managed care, physician payment policy, and the politics of health care, and has been published in Health Affairs, New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and The New Republic. A founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Dr. Berenson received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Ngina Chiteji is an Associate Professor at New York University (NYU). Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of public policy, macroeconomics, economic inequality, intergenerational connections, the distribution of household wealth, and retirement savings in the United States. She currently is engaged in a project examining the Great Recession's effect on savings in DC pensions. Professor Chiteji's background includes time spent as a Research Analyst at the Congressional Budget office (CBO), a visiting scholar at the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, and a fellow at the Poverty Research and Training Program at the University of Michigan. She is also a former chair of the American Economic Association's Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession. Before joining NYU, Chiteji was a professor at Skidmore College (from 2000-2014). A member of the Academy since 2011, she holds a BA from Brown University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Harry Conaway is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), a position he assumed in late 2015. The mission of the Institute is to contribute to, encourage, and enhance the development of employee benefit programs and sound public policy through objective research and education.  Previously, Conaway worked on employee benefits, health, and retirement issues at Mercer, where he was a senior partner and head of Mercer’s Washington Resource Group (1989-2015). The Washington Resource Group (WRG) includes nearly 55 lawyers, actuaries, accounting experts, librarians, researchers, knowledge managers, and IT/systems professionals. He worked at the Office of Tax Policy in the U.S. Treasury Department from 1983-1988. Conaway was also an associate in the law firm of Miller & Chevalier (1980-1983), where he focused on retirement, health, and other employee benefit programs. Conaway has been a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2016. He has a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School (1980) and a Master’s degree in South Asian regional studies from the University of Pennsylvania (1977).

Cecilia Conrad is Managing Director at the MacArthur Foundation, where she leads the MacArthur Fellows Program, the MacArthur Awards for Creative and Effective Institutions, and the 100&Change program. Before joining the foundation in January 2013, she had a distinguished career as both a professor and an administrator at Pomona College, Claremont, CA. She joined the economics faculty at Pomona College in 1995.  She served as Associate Dean of the College (2004-2007), as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College (2009-2012), and as Acting President (Fall 2012).  From 2007-2009, she was interim Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Scripps College. As Associate Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Pomona, Conrad championed the College's summer undergraduate research program and expanded it to the arts and humanities, led conversations regarding the value and assessment of a liberal arts college education, nurtured collaborations between the arts and the sciences, and worked with academic departments to improve the campus climate for diversity. Her work has appeared in both academic journals and nonacademic publications including The American Prospect and Black Enterprise. In 2002, she was recognized as California's Carnegie Professor of the Year, a prestigious national award that recognizes faculty members for their achievement as undergraduate professors. Before joining the faculty at Pomona College, Conrad served on the faculties of Barnard College and Duke University.  She was also an economist at the Federal Trade Commission and a visiting scholar at The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Conrad was the director of the American Economic Association's (AEA's) Committee on the Status Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP)'s mentoring program. She is a past president of the National Economic Association and of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Muhlenberg College and Bryn Mawr College and has been a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2006.  Conrad received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Indivar Dutta-Gupta is Co-Executive Director at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, where he works to develop and advance ideas that promote economic security and opportunity in the United States. Previously, Dutta-Gupta was Project Director at Freedman Consulting, LLC, leading strategic initiatives for major philanthropies, children’s groups, and workers’ organizations. He served as Senior Policy Advisor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, focusing on budget and tax policies and cross-cutting low-income issues. Earlier, he focused on safety net, tax, and social insurance programs and policies as U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Professional Staff. As an Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Dutta-Gupta worked for DC Hunger Solutions and the Center for American Progress. He has been a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2012. He has been named a First Focus Campaign for Children “Champion for Children,” a Washington Life magazine Influential 40-And-Under Leader (2013) and Rising Star 40 And Under (2016, 2017), and received the Congressional Hunger Center’s 2016 Alumni Leadership Award. Dutta-Gupta has advised political campaigns on social and economic policy. He is an honors graduate of the University of Chicago and a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

Jason Fichtner is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research focuses on Social Security, federal tax policy, federal budget policy, retirement security, and policy proposals to increase saving and investment. Previously, he served in several positions at the Social Security Administration, including Deputy Commissioner of Social Security (acting), Chief Economist, and Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy. He also served as Senior Economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Currently, he is also an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he teaches courses in economics, public finance, public policy process, public management, and public budgeting processes. Fichtner is the author of The Hidden Cost of Federal Tax Policy and the editor of The Economics of Medicaid. He became a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2017.  Fichtner earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan, his M.P.P. from Georgetown University, and his Ph.D. in public administration and policy from Virginia Tech.

Howard Fluhr has been Chairman of The Segal Group since 2006, having been President and CEO from 1994-2005. He has been a member of the Board since 1987. He is the author of numerous articles and has spoken extensively on human resource and employee benefits issues. Mr. Fluhr has also spoken on the interplay of private pensions, Social Security and public policy, including testimony before a Presidential commission. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, the International Actuarial Association, and an Enrolled Actuary. Mr. Fluhr is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) since 1994 and served as Chairman of that Board for two years. He has served as a Board member and Vice President of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and as a Board member of the American Academy of Actuaries, for which he also served as Vice President of its Pension Council. He is also a member of the Committee for Economic Development, as well as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of NYU's College of Arts and Sciences. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2006, he has been a member of the Board since 2014. Mr. Fluhr received his B.S. (cum laude) in mathematics and philosophy from New York University.

Alexander W. Hertel-Fernandez is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. His research focuses on the politics of public policy and organized interests, especially business, in the United States. He has published academic work on corporate lobbying, the politics of unemployment insurance, state economic policy, and Medicaid, and has written numerous policy briefs related to Social Security and other social programs. He is also a co-author of the Academy publication “A Young Person’s Guide to Social Security,” (with Kathryn Edwards and Anna Turner) a curriculum for young adults to learn more about American social insurance programs. His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Tobin Project, and the Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. His forthcoming book, Politics at Work (Oxford University Press), examines how employers are increasingly recruiting their workers into politics and the implications of this practice for elections and public policy. Other ongoing projects examine the construction of cross-state lobbying networks of political activists and businesses, the rise of the Koch political network and its effects on the Republican Party, and new ways that wealthy donors are intervening in politics. Hertel-Fernandez holds a BA in political science from Northwestern University and an MA and PhD from Harvard University in government and social policy. In 2016, he was named one of Pacific Standard's "Top 30 Under 30" Thinkers.

G. William Hoagland is senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Formally Vice President of Federal Affairs at Cigna Corporation, he led the development of the company's policy on health care reform issues at the federal and state level. Prior to his arrival at Cigna, Hoagland worked for 33 years as staff in the U.S. Senate. While working in the Senate, he served as the Director of Budget and Appropriations in the Office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist from January 2003 to December 2006, and staff member to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee from 1982 until 2003. In 1981, he served as the Administrator of the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service and as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture.  Hoagland received the 2002 James L. Blum Award for Distinguished Service Leadership in Budgeting. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2008, Hoagland holds degrees from Purdue University and The Pennsylvania State University.

Kilolo Kijakazi is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute. She was formerly a program officer for eleven years in the Financial Assets Unit of the Economic Opportunity and Assets Program at The Ford Foundation. Previously, she spent six years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and specialized in Social Security. Before joining the Center, she was a Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to that, Ms. Kijakazi was a Policy Analyst at the National Urban League and a Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute for Policy Education and Research of George Washington University. Ms. Kijakazi’s publications include a book titled “African-American Economic Development and Small Business Ownership”, a chapter in each of the Academy books, “Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America” and “The Future of Social Insurance: Incremental Action of Fundamental Reform?” and several papers such as, “African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Social Security: The Shortcomings of the Heritage Foundation Reports.” She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Center for Global Policy Solutions and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and she was a commissioner for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1999, she served on its Uncharted Waters Study Panel. Ms. Kijakazi holds an MSW with a specialty in community development from Howard University and a BS in psychology from Binghamton University. Ms. Kijakazi received her Ph.D. in public policy from George Washington University.

Shaun C. O’Brien is the Assistant Director for Health and Retirement in the AFL-CIO’s Policy Department, where he oversees development of the Federation’s policies related to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and work-based health and retirement plans. He currently represents the AFL-CIO on the Steering Committee of the National Public Pension Coalition and the Measure Applications Partnership Coordinating Committee, the multi-stakeholder partnership that guides the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the selection of performance measures for federal health programs. Immediately prior to joining the AFL-CIO, he held several positions at AARP, including the Vice President for the My Money Portfolio and Senior Vice President for Economic Security. In previous positions at the AFL-CIO, his work focused on retirement security issues, and he oversaw the Federation’s policy efforts on labor standards, health care, job training and related issues. He began his career as a Staff Attorney at the Pension Rights Center. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1999, Mr. O’Brien holds a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from American University and a law degree from Cornell Law School.

Maya Rockeymoore is President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, and President of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making policy work for people and their environments. Previously, she was Vice President of Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), Senior Resident Scholar for Health and Income Security at the National Urban League, Chief Of Staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), Professional Staff on the House Ways and Means Committee, and a CBCF Legislative Fellow in the office of Congressman Melvin Watt (D-NC) among other positions. She is the co-author of the Action Strategies for Healthy Communities Toolkit and she has published articles in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the National Association of State Boards of Education’s State Education Standard among other publications. Dr. Rockeymoore has served on numerous health-related boards and advisory groups, including the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the National Council on Aging, the Economic Policy Institute, and the National Association of Counties Financial Services Corporation among other organizations. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2003, Dr. Rockeymoore contributed to the development of its seminal study panel report, Strengthening Medicare’s Role in Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. She is the co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America, and the co-author of Plan for a New Future: The Impact of Social Security Reform on Communities of Color. Dr. Rockeymoore co-chairs the Commission to Modernize Social Security and is a member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the Insight Center Experts of Color Network. Dr. Rockeymoore was named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2004 and received Running Start’s 2007 Young Women to Watch Award. She holds a Ph.D. in political science, with an emphasis in public policy, from Purdue University.

Rebecca Vallas is the Managing Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. In this capacity, she plays a leading role in American Progress’s anti-poverty policy development and analysis and oversees the poverty team's policy and advocacy work. She is also the co-host of TalkPoverty Radio. Before joining American Progress, Vallas served as the deputy director of government affairs at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, or NOSSCR, working to preserve and strengthen Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income for workers with disabilities. She also served as a co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force. Prior to that, Vallas worked directly with poor and low-income individuals and communities as a legal aid attorney and policy advocate at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia for several years, where she was named a Skadden Fellow and a Borchard Fellow in Law & Aging. Vallas has published extensively in the areas of income assistance, disability policy, and criminal justice and reentry policy. She has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera America, and CNN, appears regularly on national and local radio programs, and is frequently cited in print and online media. She was the inaugural recipient of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s New Leaders in Advocacy Award, and was twice been named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” for Law & Policy in 2011 and 2014. Vallas received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.