For Immediate Release | September 8, 2005


For Immediate Release:
September 8, 2005
Contact: Jill Braunstein,
phone: (202) 452-8097

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) announced 59 new members today, bringing the total membership to more than 750 social insurance experts (see attached for a list of new members).

“We are happy that such reputable experts have been nominated and accepted to become members of the National Academy of Social Insurance. I am sure that their work will contribute to NASI’s mission to promote the public understanding of social insurance programs and their diverse views will strengthen the Academy’s nonpartisan position,” said Marilyn Moon, newly-elected President of NASI.

The new members have backgrounds ranging from tax policy to long-term care, employment research, pensions, aging, and disability, and are affiliated mostly with think tanks, government agencies and universities.

Academy members are recognized experts in Social Security, Medicare, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and related social assistance and private employee benefits. Those selected for membership have distinguished themselves by improving the quality of research, administration, or policymaking in these areas. Members of the Academy volunteer their time to work on study panels, committees, conferences and other Academy projects.

Prospective members are nominated by current members and screened by an eleven-person membership committee, which then makes recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Directors. The committee also proactively seeks individuals from under-represented fields and recommends them for membership. For more information on NASI membership, visit the “About the Academy” section of the NASI website (

The National Academy of Social Insurance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding and informed policymaking on social insurance and related programs through research, public education, training, and the open exchange of ideas.

NEW NASI MEMBERS, September 2005

Jared A. Adair, Director, Computer Sciences Corporation, Baltimore, MD

Douglas W. Andrews, Fellow Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Etobicoke, ON, Canada

Lily Batchelder, Assistant Professor of Law and Public Policy, New York University School of Law, New York, NY

Ray Boshara, Director of Asset Building, New America Foundation, Washington, DC

Clark A. Burdick, Economist, Social Security Administration, Washington, DC

Adam L. Carasso, Research Associate, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC

Mary (Libby) Child, Senior Consultant, Varnum Consulting, Grand Rapids, MI

Sharmila Choudhury, Economist and Project Officer, Social Security Administration, Washington, DC

Juliette Cubanski, Senior Policy Analyst, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC

Elizabeth Cusick, Independent Consultant, Baltimore, MD

John Cutler, Senior Analyst, U.S. Administration on Aging, Washington, DC

Randall W. Eberts, Executive Director, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI

Stephanie Edelstein, Associate Staff Director American Bar Association, Washington, DC

Douglas Elliott, President, Center on Federal Financial Institutions, Washington, DC

Joan Entmacher, Vice President and Director of Family Economic Security, National Women’s Law Center, Washington, DC

Melissa Favreault, Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC

Douglas Fore, Director of Portfolio Analytics, TIAA-CREF Investment Management, New York, NY

Jason Furman, Visiting Scholar, New York University, New York, NY

Tanya M. Gallagher, Dean, College of Applied Life Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Fred T. Goldberg, Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, DC

Stuart Guterman, Director, Office of Research, Development, and Information, The Commonwealth Fund, Washington, DC

Stephen K. Heffler, Director, National Health Statistics Group, Office of the Actuary Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore, MD

Gail G. Hunt, President and CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving, Bethesda, MD

J. Mark Iwry, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

Allen Jensen, Project Director, Work Incentives Project, George Washington University, Washington, DC

David John, Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC

Patricia A. Jonas, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Disability Operations, Office of Disability and Income Security, Social Security Administration, Baltimore, MD

Emily K. Kessler, Staff Fellow, Retirement Systems, Society of Actuaries, Schaumburg, IL

John Kregel, Professor, Department of Special Education and Disability Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

John H. Langbein, Sterling Professor of Law and Legal History, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

Joni Lavery, Income Security Research Associate, National Academy of Social Insurance, Washington, DC

Edward F. Lawlor, Dean and William E. Gordon Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Gina A. Livermore, Assistant Director, Institute for Policy Research, Cornell University, Washington, DC

Edwin J. Lopez-Soto, Training and Organizational Development Specialist, Employment and Disability Institute, Cornell University, Rochester, NY

Bryon R. MacDonald, Program, Policy, and Development Manager, World Institute on Disability, Oakland, CA

Scott Macey, Senior Vice President and Director of Government Affairs, Aon Consulting Inc., Somersey, NJ

Maya MacGuineas, Director of Fiscal Policy and Retirement Security Programs, New America Foundation, Washington, DC

Joyce M. Manchester, Director, Division of Economic Research, Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, Office of Policy, Social Security Administration, Washington, DC

Lisa Mensah, Executive Director, Initiative on Financial Security, The Aspen Institute, New York, NY

Terry T. Nixon, Vice President for Administration, National Academy of Social Insurance, Washington, DC

Joel Najar, Deputy Legislative Director and Tax Counsel, Office of Congressman Xavier Becerra, Washington, DC

Bonnie L. O’Day, Research Associate, Institute on Policy Research, Cornell University, Washington, DC

Barbara A. Otto, Executive Director, Health & Disability Advocates, Chicago, IL

Pamela J. Perun, Independent Consultant, Berkeley, CA

Aaron J. Prero, Economist, Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, Social Security Administration, Baltimore, MD

Zenaida M. Samaniego, Chief Actuary, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC

Barbara Samuels, Staff Attorney, Citywide Coordinator of Social Security/SSI, Legal Services for New York City, New York, NY

Katherine D. Seelman, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Services, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

James R. Sheldon, Supervising Attorney, Disability Unit Neighborhood Legal Services, Buffalo, NY

Stephen R. Sleigh, Director of Strategic Resources, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Upper Marlboro, MD

William Spector, Senior Social Scientist Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, MD

Frederick “Fritz” Streckewald, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Program Policy, Office of Disability and Income Security Programs, Social Security Administration, Baltimore, MD

Denton R. Vaughan, Independent Consultant, Reston, VA

Neta G. Warren, Executive Officer, Office of the Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration, Baltimore, MD

Peter J. Wiedenbeck, Joseph H. Zumbalen Professor of the Law of Property, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

David C. Wittenburg, Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC

James A. Wooten, Professor, School of Law, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Gretchen K. Young, Vice President, Aon Consulting Inc., Washington, DC

Jennifer Zeitzer, Associate Director for Federal Policy, Alzheimer’s Association, Washington, DC

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