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Alicia H. Munnell

30th Anniversary Honoree, Founding Board Member, Prominent Economist

Alicia H. Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, will be one of eight honorees at the National Academy of Social Insurance’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.  Munnell wasn’t just a Founding Board Member of the organization.  She was also the first President of the Academy and a 2009 recipient of the Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Contributions in Social Insurance.  Munnell has dedicated her career to informing the public and policymakers alike on Social Security, tax policy, and both private and public pensions. 

“Alicia Munnell bravely served as the Academy’s first President,” said William Arnone, CEO of the Academy.  “In this role, she also led the search for the Academy’s first executive.  Alicia, however, was particularly committed to ’the care and feeding’ of Academy Members.”

Before joining Boston College in 1997, Munnell was a Member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers (1995-1997) and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy (1993-1995).  Previously, she spent 20 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (1973-1993), where she became Senior Vice President and Director of Research in 1984.  She has published many articles, authored numerous books, and edited several volumes on economic and retirement policy issues.

Munnell is currently active in a variety of organizations.  She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Pension Research Council at Wharton.  Munnell is a board member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Pension Rights Center, and The Century Foundation.  She chaired the U.S. Social Security Advisory Board’s 2015 Technical Panel on Assumptions and Methods.  She has also been recognized internationally for her contributions to social insurance programs.  The Accademia Nazionale de Lincei in Rome, Italy awarded Alicia H. Munnell with the International INA Prize for Insurance Sciences in 2007. 

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