Membership in the Academy

Over 1,000 of the nation's leading experts on social insurance are members of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Members volunteer their time to Academy activities and pay nominal membership dues. Our members' affiliations include universities, think tanks, business, labor, legislative and executive branches of the federal or state governments, and interest groups. Members include policy analysts in income security and health care financing, economists, political scientists, physicians, actuaries, administrators of public and private benefit programs, social workers, sociologists, historians, journalists, scholars and practitioners in related fields.

Criteria for Membership

Membership is an honor for which individuals are nominated by at least three (or more) active Academy members. Individuals are considered for membership if they:

  • Demonstrate a sustained interest in social insurance and/or related fields. Social insurance includes broad-based systems for insuring workers and their families against economic insecurity caused by loss of income from work or the cost of health care. The Academy's scope includes such social insurance systems as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, workers' compensation and related social assistance and private employee benefits.
  • Distinguish themselves by improving the quality of research, teaching, policy making, administration or financing of the systems mentioned above; and
  • Are supportive of and willing to contribute to the Academy's goals of furthering public education, developing new leaders, promoting research and providing forums for discussion among experts, stake-holders, policy makers, and administrators in the field.

Process for Selecting New Members

Prospective members are first nominated by three (or more) active members of the Academy. The lead nominator explains in writing how the individual meets the membership criteria, provides a resume of the nominee, and arranges for at least two co-nominators who are also members of the Academy. For information about how to nominate, contact Gloria Kim, Director of Member Relations, at

The Membership Committee meets to review nominations in light of the membership criteria and make recommendations to the Academy's Board of Directors. The Board acts on the Committee's recommendations. Those approved by the Board are invited to join the Academy. Employees of the Academy and those who serve on its Board of Directors are not eligible to nominate or co-sponsor new member nominations.

Membership Committee

  • Shaun C. O'BrienChair
  • Ngina Chiteji
    New York University
  • Erika Hagensen
    The Arc of North Carolina
  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin
    American Action Forum
  • Emily Kessler
    Society of Actuaries
  • Michael Kreps
    Groom Law Group
  • Dan MacLauchlan
    UnitedHealthcare Insurance
  • Alaine Perry
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (retired)
  • Alan Pierce
    Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano
  • Mark Ugoretz
    ERISA Industry Committee (retired)