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.

Fay Lomax Cook is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Academy. She is professor emerita of human development and social policy at Northwestern University and faculty fellow of Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) where she served as director for 16 years. From 2014 to 2018, Cook was Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and headed the Directorate of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE). Her research focuses on the interrelationships between public opinion and social policy, the politics of public policy, public deliberation, and the dynamics of public support for programs for older Americans, particularly Social Security. The author or co-author of many scholarly articles and book chapters, Cook has written five books, including most recently Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America, with Lawrence Jacobs and Michael Delli Carpini.

Bethany Cole is the Policy Analyst in Health Policy at the Academy. In this role, she assists with research and policy analysis for the Academy’s Medicare Eligibility Study Panel and other health policy issues, including Medicaid, caregiving, and long-term services and supports. For the past three years, Bethany has worked as a research assistant on health disparities in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Bethany has a Bachelor’s in Economics and Public Policy, concentration in health policy, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated with Highest Distinction and is a Phi Beta Kappa.


Devin Cowens supports the Academy’s leadership development programs, including the summer internship programs and the John Heinz Dissertation Award. ​A member of the Academy staff since 2011, Devin has also coordinated the annual conference and other events, managed membership engagement, and has been integral to the running of our leadership development programs overall. Based in Atlanta, Devin is also a Summit and Event Specialist for the East Coast Greenway Alliance. She is an avid cyclist who loves exploring cities by bike and is passionate about multi-modal transportation. In her free time, she manages WTF Bikexplorers ATL and volunteers with Civil Bikes as tour guide. Devin received her B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC

Julia Crooks is the Director of Finance & Administration at the Academy where she plays a key role in the careful stewardship of the Academy’s financial records, grants and contracts management, and other financial procedures to support the smooth running of the organization’s operations and programs. Before joining the Academy, Julia was a Director of Operations at a large nonprofit hospital in Baltimore City. Concurrent with her part-time work at the Academy, Julia is a founding member of a community group that works to increase awareness and communication among parents around safe gun storage practices. Julia holds a BA in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park and a MS in Management from University of Maryland, University College. She is a graduate of the UMD scholars program and a Phi Beta Kappa.

Barbara Goldschmidt is a Program Coordinator at the Academy. Before joining the Academy, she was a writer and editor for, 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. 

Meghan Griffin is the Digital Communications Associate at the National Academy of Social Insurance. In her role, Meghan oversees data management practices and seeks to improve the Academy’s engagement with members and the public through targeted outreach strategies informed by such data. She works closely with the directors of member relations and development to reach a wider audience, thus expanding those networks in which important social insurance discussions occur. Meghan received her B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Florida in Gainesville. 

Gloria Kim is the Executive Assistant and 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.

Griffin Murphy is a Policy Analyst at the Academy. In this position, he aids the policy team in matters relating to income security and workers’ compensation. His interests lie in working on policy that will ensure stable economic futures for all, especially those who are born into situations with minuscule opportunities. Griffin received his Bachelor’s in economics from the University of Michigan, and looks forward to attending graduate school for policy once his tenure at the Academy is complete.


Tom Novotny is a program and research assistant at the Academy.  In this role, he supports the office's various membership and development programs, assists with the annual conference, and does research on income security.  Prior to joining the Academy, he helped manage a branch of a welding supply company and spent time as a full-time stay-at-home parent.  He holds a J.D. from The George Washington University and two B.S. degrees from The University of Utah.


 Jay Patel is a Research Assistant at the Academy, providing research support in matters related to workers’ compensation. He is joining the Academy from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he was the outreach and campaigns intern. Previously, he worked as a trade analyst ensuring client compliance with U.S. Customs, WTO trade agreements, and international trade law. Jay holds a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Nottingham, graduating with honors, and a B.A. in Political Science from Michigan State University.

 Kristine Quinio is the Academy’s Director of Development & External Relations. 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 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.

Elaine Weiss is the Director of Policy at the Academy. She focuses primarily on income security, including spearheading the Academy’s annual report on Workers’ Compensation and various projects related to Social Security and Unemployment Insurance. She is also exploring potential changes to Social Insurance to help programs adapt to societal economic and employment changes. Prior to joining the Academy staff, Weiss was the National Coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA), an education policy campaign housed at the Economic Policy Institute, and before that, she was the research manager for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Partnership for America’s Economic Success (now ReadyNation). Weiss earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the George Washington University, her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her B.A. and B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park.