For Immediate Release | December 7, 2010


Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097

WASHINGTON, DC— The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) has accepted 42 distinguished new members, bringing the total active membership to over 800. (See below for a complete list of new members and their affiliations.)
“At a time when U.S. social insurance programs are continuously capturing news headlines and the attention of policymakers, NASI looks forward to recognizing, using, and sustaining the expertise of our new members,” said NASI President Janice Gregory. “As NASI members, these dedicated public servants, business leaders, legal experts, professors, administrators, and advocates have — and will continue to play — an important role in strengthening social insurance and economic security for Americans.”
Academy members are recognized experts in Social Security, Medicare and health coverage, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and related social assistance and private employee benefits. Individuals selected for membership have distinguished themselves by improving the quality of research, administration, or policymaking in one or more of these areas. Members of the Academy volunteer their time in study panels, advisory committees, conferences, and they participate in NASI’s other research, education, communication, and leadership development initiatives.

Membership in NASI is an honor for which individuals are nominated by two current Academy members. For more information on NASI membership, visit the “About NASI” 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.
Newly elected members and their affiliation at the time of election:

Valerie Alston Johnson, Patterson Harkavy LLP
Ramsey Alwin, National Council on Aging
Burt Barnow, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University
Howard Bedlin, National Council on Aging
Ellen Bruce, McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts – Boston
Susan Bussman, Social Security Administration
Deborah Chalfie, AARP
Jeffrey Cruz, White House Office of Public Affairs
Nancy L. Falk, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University
Roberta Gassman, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Joyce Hunter, Vulcan Enterprises, LLC
Gretchen Jacobson, Kaiser Family Foundation
Sachin Jain, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Chris Jennings, Jennings Policy Strategies
Rucker Johnson, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California – Berkeley
Genevieve Kenney, The Urban Institute
Deborah G. Kohl, Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl
Robert Lerman, The Urban Institute
Pamela Loprest, The Urban Institute
Donald Marron, The Urban Institute
Paul McAndrew Jr., Paul McAndrew Law Firm
Morna Miller, Committee on Ways and Means – Subcommittee on Social Security, U.S. House of Representatives
Lori Parham, AARP Florida
Susan Reinhard, AARP
James Roosevelt Jr., Tufts Health Plan
Gerald Rosenthal, Rosenthal, Levy & Simon, P.A.
Stacy Sanders, Wider Opportunities for Women
Mark Sarney, Social Security Administration
Paul Saucier, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
Andrew Sherrill, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Suzanne Simonetta, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Barbara Smith, Social Security Administration
Brenda Sulick, National PACE Association
Scott Szymendera, Congressional Research Service
John Tait, Keeton & Tait
David Torrey, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Timothy Trysla, Alston & Bird, LLP
Rochelle Webb, Arizona Department of Economic Security
George Wentworth, National Employment Law Project
Jonathan Westin, The Jewish Federations of North America
Richard Winchester, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Stephen Zuckerman, The Urban Institute

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 of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy.

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