Laurel Beedon

Laurel E. Beedon is a Senior Fellow at the Academy, where she oversees the Academy's internship program and advises on disability policy issues.

 Laurel E. Beedon is a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance, where she oversees the Academy's internship program and advises on disability policy issues. She is also a Senior Policy Analyst at WISER, Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement, where she conducts research on women's retirement income issues.

Prior to joining the Academy, she was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Public Policy Institute of AARP, where she specialized in Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and disability policy research. While at AARP, Beedon published numerous articles on various aspects of Social Security and retirement income security, particularly focusing on retirement security and women and minorities. She also directed the “State of 50+ America” project. 

Beedon came to AARP from the Social Security Administration, where she held several positions in the Office of Research and Statistics and the Office of Government Affairs. Prior to that, she served on the staff of the joint House/Senate Indian Committee of the United States Congress. She also taught English at the George Washington University and Virginia Tech. 

“As a former Academy intern, I can tell you that Laurel makes a personal effort to ensure that all participants in the Academy internship program have an instructive and meaningful experience. My Academy internship was instrumental in my career path, and I'm certain that Laurel's work has influenced other young people to work on social insurance issues, as well,” said Hans Reimer, Washington/Political and Issues Director for Rock the Vote. 

Beedon has long focused on working with young people. Early in her professional career, Beedon worked with patients at the Minnesota State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, with children and adults with mental retardation at Hennepin County's Indian Chief Camp, with teen runaways at Group Live-In Experience in the Bronx, New York, and with high school juniors and seniors in Project Upward Bound sponsored by Virginia Tech. Also, after college, she taught high school students English, speech and theater, and also, how to demonstrate against the Vietnam War in a peaceful manner. As she herself says, she “then went on to another school district.”