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Forty-Five Experts Elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2019

Contact: Meghan Griffin (202) 243-7286

WASHINGTON, DC — The Board of Directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance has approved the election of 45 distinguished social insurance experts to the Academy, adding to the total active Membership of over 1,100. (A complete list of individuals newly-elected to the Academy can be found below.)


“Members are essential to the Academy’s work,” says William Arnone, the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer. “We welcome our newest cohort with great excitement. They bring a wealth of expertise and experience across a range of policy areas that affect every person and family in this nation. We look forward to recognizing their contributions to social insurance policy and engaging their talents in support of the Academy’s mission.”


The Academy advances solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security. This mission encompasses established social insurance programs – Workers’ Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – as well as related policy areas, including long-term services and supports, paid leave, other social assistance programs, and private employee benefits.


"This year's newly-elected Academy Members are among our country's leading reformers, doers, and creative thinkers. Their work focuses on the practical challenges of how we protect each other when faced with life's financial and health hardships that are difficult to handle alone. In addition to longstanding programs like Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance, they also address how we tackle increasingly important issues, such as paid family leave. ”  – Shaun O’Brien, Membership Committee Chair


Those elected to Membership in the Academy have distinguished themselves by improving the quality of research, administration, or policymaking in an area of social insurance. Academy Members make significant contributions to the Academy’s research, education, and leadership development initiatives by volunteering their time on study panels, committees, at conferences and in other Academy programs.


Prospective Members are nominated by current Academy Members in recognition of their significant and ongoing professional contributions to the field of social insurance. For more information about Membership in the Academy and a full list of active Members, please visit the “Membership in NASI” section of the Academy’s website (www.nasi.org).


Individuals elected to Membership and their affiliations at the time of nomination:

Eileen Appelbaum
Center for Economic Policy Research


Charles Barrilleaux
Florida State University


Romina Boccia
The Heritage Foundation


Kyle Burkhalter
Social Security Administration


Joel Cantor
Rutgers University


Anne Case
Princeton University


Amitabh Chandra
Harvard Kennedy School


Angus Deaton
Princeton University


Marcus Dillender
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research


Tammy Dixon
Segal Consulting


Camille Dobson
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities


Patricia Gabow
Denver Health


Ben Gitis
American Action Forum


Kali Grant
Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality


Kathy Greenlee
Greenlee Global, LLC


Tracey Gronniger
Justice in Aging


Kristina Hamilton
UDW/AFSCME Local 3930


Dan Hawkins
Association of Community Health Centers


Tara O'Neill Hayes
American Action Forum


Amy Herr
West Health Policy Center


Hilary Hoynes
University of California, Berkeley


Abbie Hudgens
Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation


Elisabeth Jacobs
Washington Center for Equitable Growth


Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Economic Policy Institute


Desmond King
Nuffield College, Oxford University


David Laibson
Harvard University


Margie Lariviere
State Compensation Insurance Fund


Nicole Maestas
Harvard Medical School


Victor Miller
Economic and Management Consulting


Stipica Mudrazija
Urban Institute


Kathleen Mullen
RAND Corporation


Nicole Nestoriak
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Amanda Ream
United Domestic Workers, AFSCME


Eveka Rodriguez
Grant Thornton LLP


Martha Roherty
National Asspciation of States United for Aging and Disabilities


Matt Salo
National Association of Medicaid Directors


Richard Scheffler
UC Berkeley School of Public Health


Lauren Schmitz
National Institute on Aging


Sara Sills
Medicaid Branch, Office of Management and Budget


Katrinka Sloan
LeadingAge


Michael Stephens
Social Security Administration


Aaron Tripp
LeadingAge


Mark Walls
Safety National Casualty Corporation


Richard Wharton
Social Security Administration


James Ziliak
University of Kentucky, Center for Poverty Research


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The National Academy of Social Insurance is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to advance solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security.

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