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Sixty-Four Experts Elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance

For Immediate Release: January 9, 2020

Contact: Meghan Griffin at 202-243-7286

WASHINGTON, DC — The Board of Directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance has approved the election of 64 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 may be found below.)


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 – as well as related policy areas, including health care, long-term services and supports, paid leave, other social assistance programs, and private employee benefits.


“Members are the lifeblood of our Academy’s work,” says William Arnone, the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer. “We welcome this newest cohort – one of the largest in recent years – with great excitement. They bring a wealth of expertise and experience across a range of policy issues that affect every person and family in this nation. We look forward to recognizing their contributions to social insurance policy, encouraging their future research and related activities, and engaging them in the Academy’s mission.”


“At a time of heightened public and policy maker interest in social insurance solutions to the challenges facing America’s families, it is fitting for the Academy to welcome such a large and diverse class of newly-elected Members," said Shaun O’Brien, Membership Committee Chair. "This year’s group includes individuals who have distinguished themselves across a wide array of issues—longstanding programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Workers’ Compensation, as well as innovations addressing emerging and unmet needs—and who have demonstrated excellence in program administration, policy making, research, education, and advocacy.”


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


Shai Akabas, Bipartisan Policy Center


James Appleby, Gerontological Society of America


Shawn Bishop, U.S. Senate Finance Committee


Tyler Bond, National Institute on Retirement Security


David Bowen, Hill+Knowlton Strategies


Chantel Boyens, Urban Institute


Erin Bronchetti, Swarthmore College


Georgia Burke, Justice in Aging


Raj Chetty, Harvard University


Dan Doonan, National Institute on Retirement Security


Debra Dwyer, Stony Brook University


Chloe East, University of Colorado, Denver


Ezekiel Emanuel, University of Pennsylvania


Robert Espinoza, PHI


Michele Evermore, National Employment Law Project


Eliot Fishman, Families USA


Moira Forbes, Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission


Arthur Fried, Epstein Becker & Green


William Gale, Brookings Institution


Cheryl Gannon, Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement


Alexander Gelber, University of California, San Diego


Edward Glaeser, Harvard University


Rachel Greszler, Heritage Foundation


Jennifer Hanson, Office of Management and Budget


John Howard, National Institute for Occupational Safety


Natalie Kean, Justice in Aging


Karen Kornbluh, German Marshall Fund of the United States


Elira Kuka, George Washington University


John Laitner, University of Michigan


Bethany Lilly, Arc of the United States


Lori Lucas, Employee Benefit Research Institute


Christopher McLaren, U.S. Department of Labor


Jewel Mullen, University of Texas, Austin


Allison Orris, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP


James Palmieri, AARP


Ray Pepin, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


Robert Pozen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Laura Quinby, Center for Retirement Research, Boston College


Patrick Reeder, American Council of Life Insurers


Frederic Riccardi, Medicare Rights Center


David Richardson, TIAA Institute


Nina Schaefer, Heritage Foundation


Diane Schanzenbach, Northwestern University


Eric Schneider, Commonwealth Fund


Jason Seligman, Investment Company Institute


Suma Setty, National Center for Children in Poverty


Amy Shannon, Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement


Matthew Shapiro, University of Michigan


Jennifer Sheehy, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy


Louise Sheiner, Brookings Institution


Mary Sowers, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services


Deborah Stark, Deborah Roderick Stark and Associates


Linda Stone, American Academy of Actuaries


Aaron Tax, SAGE


Yulya Truskinovsky, Wayne State University


Anne Tumlinson, Anne Tumlinson Innovations


James Van Erden, National Association of State Workforce Agencies


Steven Venti, Dartmouth College


Till Von Wachter, University of California, Los Angeles


Karla Walter, Center for American Progress


Anthony Webb, The New School, Retirement Equity Lab


Len Welsh, Baker & Welsh, LLC


Gal Wettstein, Center for Retirement Research, Boston College


Jennifer Wolf, International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions

Since its founding in 1986, the National Academy of Social Insurance has provided rigorous inquiry and insights into the functioning of our nation’s social insurance programs – Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, and Workers’ Compensation. Comprised of over 1,100 of the nation’s top experts in social insurance and related policies and programs, the Academy studies how social insurance can continue to meet the changing needs of American families, employees, and employers, including new frontiers for social insurance. To learn more about the Academy’s work, please visit www.nasi.org, or follow @socialinsurance on Twitter.

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