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Staff

In alphabetical order:


 William J. 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.

 Alexandra Bradley is the Health Policy Analyst at the Academy. In this position, she conducts research and policy analysis on health-related issues such as Medicaid, Medicare, long-term services and supports, paid family leave, and health care reform. Her passion lies in working to reduce health disparities and improve quality of life in the U.S., particularly for families and highly underserved populations. She previously worked as a research assistant for the Child and Family Research Section of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She holds a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from The George Washington University and Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Government from Cornell University.

Jill Braunstein is a Communications Advisor to the Academy. For 18 years previously, she served as the Academy’s Director of Communications, overseeing its strategic communications program, including website management, digital outreach, media relations, publications production, and social media. Prior to joining the Academy, she was Director of Communications at the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR). Ms. Braunstein earned an M.A. in Public Policy and Women’s Studies from the George Washington University and a B.A. in Journalism, also from GWU. She has been a member of the Academy since 2009.


Janel Forsythe is the Digital Communications Manager at the Academy. She was previously the Digital Content and Communications Associate for the organization. Janel directs social media promotion, website content management, and the dissemination of written materials. She received her B.A. from Ursinus College where she double majored in Sociology and Media & Communication Studies.  She chose both majors because she “wanted to study how the media helps people understand social issues locally, nationally, and internationally.” Janel has a Masters of Science in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Barbara Goldschmidt is a Program Assistant at the Academy. Before joining the Academy, she was a writer and editor for caregivercorps.org, a volunteer group that advocated to get caregiver issues on state platforms in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. Concurrent with her part-time work at the Academy, she writes about integrative health care. Her publications include Comforting Touch in Dementia and End of Life Care: Take My Hand. In addition, she is active in D.C. organizations that promote inclusive communities. She has a B.A. in English from UCLA, where she graduated with departmental honors. 


Gloria Kim is the Executive Assistant and Interim Director of Member Relations at the Academy. She took on the membership role at the Academy in October 2016, in addition to serving as office manager and providing administrative and programmatic support under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer. Her previous work with nonprofit organizations includes the American Institute of Architects, where she served as Sr. Manager of Membership, and as Membership Director and Systems Analyst for the National Association of Corporate Directors. Concurrent with her part-time work at the Academy, she is a private piano teacher and holds an M.M. degree in Piano Performance from the Catholic University of America.

Christopher McLaren is a Senior Researcher at the Academy.  His work focuses on producing national and state-by-state level estimates of workers’ compensation benefits, coverage, and costs and as well as conducting original research on workers’ compensation and disability policies.  Prior to joining the Academy staff, McLaren was a policy advisor at the Decision Support Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE and before that he was an assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation where his research focused on reducing the economic burden of work-related injuries and illnesses.  Chris earned his Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School and his Masters degree in Economics from San Diego State University.  

 Kristine Quinio is the Academy’s Director of Development and Administration. Previously, Kristine served as the Academy’s Director of Engagement Strategies and oversaw a number of areas including membership services, partnership building, and other development efforts. As Director of Administration and Development, Kristine is responsible for managing the Academy’s business operations, as well as executing an annual development plan. Kristine earned an M.A. in Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) from Georgetown University and graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Political Science. An Academy staff member since 2009 and an Associate Member since 2005, Kristine has nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit management, marketing, and development strategy.
 

 Elliot Schreur is a Research Associate at the National Academy of Social Insurance. Before joining the Academy, he was a Policy Analyst with the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation where he researched policies to support retirement security for low-income families. He holds a Master’s Degree in public policy with a concentration in philosophy and social policy from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Richmond.  
 


  Benjamin Veghte is Vice President for Policy. In this role, Ben leads the Academy's research and policy initiatives. He brings more than two decades of social insurance experience in diverse institutional environments in the United States and Germany. His research, teaching, and policy work have been devoted to advancing our understanding of the role of social insurance in thriving economies and democratic societies. Ben earned his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School and his Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Chicago.