Elaine Fultz, speaker at NASI’s 2012 conference, is the former Director of the International Labor Organization (ILO) for Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Located in Moscow, this post covered ten countries of the former Soviet Union. Prior to serving in Moscow, Fultz was a social security specialist with the ILO, first based in Budapest, where she worked in seventeen central European countries and, prior to that, based in Zimbabwe, where she worked in nine countries in southern Africa. Before joining the ILO, Fultz was Staff Director of the National Commission on Childhood Disability and a professional staff member of the Subcommittee on Social Security for the House Ways and Means Committee.
“Elaine has spent her career fighting for retirement security,” said NASI member Sandy Wise, who served with Fultz at the Social Security Subcommittee of Ways and Means. “From protecting Social Security for Americans to bringing about positive change in retirement systems around the world, Elaine has been a tireless advocate for the elderly and a remarkable example of commitment to public service.”
Fultz has designed and commissioned research on gender equality, family policy, disability pensions, and social security privatization. She is the author of nine books and numerous articles. Fultz has also instructed and studied at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, where she received her Ph.D. She has been a NASI member since 1993.
When she retired from the ILO in 2009, Fultz relocated to Philadelphia, where she is an independent researcher, commentator, and consultant. She prepared the principal report for the European Regional Meeting of the International Social Security Association in Warsaw in 2010 and has consulted with the ILO on a range of social security issues, including increasing coverage of workers in irregular employment, reducing maternal mortality, combating HIV/AIDS, and improving gender equality in private pension systems. She recently completed a study on pension crediting for caregivers, commissioned by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).
In addition to her work on social security, Fultz also studies Russian language and literature, is an avid follower of animal studies, and enjoys cultural life in Philadelphia.