A founding Member and former Board Member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, William J. Arnone is now contributing his expertise in retirement security and employee benefits law by serving as Co-Chair of the Academy's 22nd Annual Policy Conference, Beyond the Bad Economy: Jobs, Retirement, Health and Social Insurance.

Arnone was a Partner in the Business Tax Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP, specializing in Employee Financial Education and Counseling. Before joining Ernst & Young in 1994, Arnone was a Benefit Consultant and Director of Retirement and Financial Planning at Buck Consultants. Prior to that, he served as a Consultant on Older Workers for the Florence V. Burden Foundation, as Director of Senior Security Services for the New York Department of Aging, and as Executive Director of Helping Aged Needing Direction, Inc.

“Having known Bill since the mid-1980's, when Bob Ball asked both of us to join him in creating the National Academy of Social Insurance, I have witnessed firsthand Bill's many talents and strengths,” said Nancy Altman, a founding member and current Academy Board member. “These include: his deep knowledge; his ability, honed by his legal training; his work, as a partner in one of the nation's premiere accounting firms, to develop well-reasoned, incisive and thoughtful analyses of complex matters; his knack for finding common ground together with his deep commitment to principle. All of these qualities are enriched by his warmth, humor, and engaging style. I am proud to call him my friend.”

Arnone has published numerous articles in the area of retirement and has done extensive organizational work with the aging. He was selected as a Revson Fellow on the Future of New York City by the Columbia University School of Business.

After his family and public policy issues, Bill's passion is Dodger baseball. At the time this went to press, the Dodgers had the best record in the National League. Bill expects that, at the time of the conference, the Dodgers will be the 2009 World Champions.

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