William J. Arnone, Chief Executive Officer of the National Academy of Social Insurance
Chief Executive Officer

William J. Arnone

Cook
Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Fay Lomax Cook

Cowens
External Relations Manager

Devin Cowens

Griffin
Digital Communications Associate

Meghan Griffin

Kim
Director of Member Relations & Executive Assistant

Gloria Kim

Murphy
Policy Analyst

Griffin Murphy

Novotny
Research and Program Assistant

Tom Novotny

Policy Analyst

Jay Patel

Quinio
Director of Development & External Relations

Kristine Quinio

Weiss
Director of Policy

Elaine Weiss

Director of Finance and Administration

Christine Mbaka

Chief Executive Officer

William J. Arnone

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.

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Fay Lomax Cook

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.

External Relations Manager

Devin Cowens

As External Relations Manager, Devin oversees the Academy’s leadership development programs, including the summer internships and the John Heinz Dissertation Award. She plays a key role in the Academy’s annual policy conference and Robert M. Ball Award fundraising event, while supporting overall fundraising, cultivation, strategic outreach, and DEI initiatives. Based in Atlanta, Devin is a community organizer and cyclist who spends most of her free time outside. Devin received her B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.

Digital Communications Associate

Meghan Griffin

Meghan Griffin is the Digital Communications Associate at the National Academy of Social Insurance. In her role, Meghan contributes to content strategy development and dissemination. A key member of the External Relations team, her goals include increasing the impact of the Academy’s work. Meghan received her B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She moved to Washington, DC in 2017 after spending two years teaching English in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Originally from Florida, she’s happiest outside and especially near the ocean. She enjoys testing new recipes and is particularly fond of Mediterranean food and fresh herbs.

Director of Member Relations & Executive Assistant

Gloria Kim

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.

Policy Analyst

Griffin Murphy

Griffin Murphy is a Policy Analyst for Income Security at the Academy. In this role, Griffin leads data work on the annual Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Costs, and Coverage report and explores how a guaranteed income might interact with the existing ecosystem of social insurance programs. He completed his undergraduate study of economics at the University of Michigan in 2018 with a focus on the philosophy behind the rules of the economy and the meaning of justice in the context of economic outcomes. Griffin arrived in D.C. following his graduation as a Bernstein Intern on Social Insurance motivated by a desire for economic justice and shared prosperity. During his two years at the Academy, Griffin has been fortunate enough to meet and collaborate with many Academy members, all of whom have a genuine desire to improve the wellbeing of individuals across the United States. He looks forward to continuing work with the Academy on bold policy ideas to improve economic security and expanding the Academy’s reach to better incorporate those most affected by income security policy.

Research and Program Assistant

Tom Novotny

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.

Policy Analyst

Jay Patel

Jay Patel is a Policy Analyst at the Academy, providing research support in matters related to workers’ compensation and income security policy. He joined 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.

Director of Development & External Relations

Kristine Quinio

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.

Director of Policy

Elaine Weiss

Elaine Weiss is Policy Director at the Academy. In this role, she manages the Academy’s research work across all income security and health areas of social insurance, as well as helping to shape and guide its strategic vision. Elaine has a Ph.D. in public policy from the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. (She also has both a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Maryland College Park and is a very proud Terp!) She has conducted and managed policy research and written on a variety of issues related to economic disparities and societal well-being. Elaine came to the Academy in 2019 from the Economic Policy Institute, where she was National Coordinator of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, a campaign to highlight and weaken the problematic links between poverty and education. In that capacity, she worked with former Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville to co-author Broader, Bolder, Better: How Schools and Communities Help Students Overcome the Disadvantages of Poverty, for the Harvard Education Press. Prior to that, she was the Research Manager for the Partnership for America’s Economic Success at the Pew Charitable Trusts (now Ready Nation at the Council for a Strong America).  From her first day here, Elaine has loved the intellectual, social, and gastronomical community that the Academy provides. She looks forward to passing her passion for making the world a more socially and racially just place on to her two teenaged daughters.

Director of Finance and Administration

Christine Mbaka

Staff At-A-Glance

William Arnone

Fay Lomax Cook

Devin Cowens

Barbara Goldschmidt

Meghan Griffin

Gloria Kim

Christine Mbaka

Griffin Murphy

Tom Novotny

Jay Patel

Kristine Quinio

Elaine Weiss

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