For Immediate Release | January 9, 2020


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 (

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, or follow @socialinsurance on Twitter.

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