September 26th, 2017

: Linda Benesch, [email protected]

Social Security Works President Nancy Altman Appointed to the Social Security Advisory Board

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has appointed Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works and Chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, to the seven-member Social Security Advisory Board (“SSAB”).The SSAB is a bipartisan, independent federal government agency established in 1994 to advise the President, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters of policy and administration regarding the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs.  Altman’s term is for six years and begins on October 1.

“I am grateful to Leader Pelosi, and am honored to be joining the Advisory Board,” said Altman. “I look forward to working with my fellow Board members towards the goal of assuring and increasing the economic security of all. I feel especially pleased and privileged to be succeeding my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly, who remains a tireless advocate for Social Security.”

A lawyer by training, Ms. Altman brings more than 40 years of expertise on Social Security and pension policy to the role. From 1983 to 1989, Ms. Altman was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and taught courses on private pensions and Social Security at the Harvard Law School. In 1982, she was Alan Greenspan’s assistant in his position as chairman of the bipartisan commission that developed the 1983 Social Security amendments.

In the mid-1980’s, Altman was on the organizing committee and the first board of directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pension Rights Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of beneficiary rights. She is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble (John Wiley & Sons, 2005), and co-author, with Eric R. Kingson, of Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All (The New Press, 2015).