About Us


The mission of Social Security Works is to,

  • Protect and improve the economic security of disadvantaged and at-risk populations
  • Safeguard the economic security of those dependent, now or in the future, on Social Security
  • Maintain Social Security as a vehicle of social justice

Funding for Social Security Works comes from donations from the public, and grants from foundations including the Open Society Foundations, the Retirement Research Foundation, CREDO, and the Civic Participation Action Fund. Social Security Works was founded with a generous grant from Atlantic Philanthropies.

For media inquiries, email our Communications Director, Linda Benesch, at [email protected]


Eric Kingson – Chair of the Board
Nancy Altman – President


Nancy Altman – President

Alex Lawson – Executive Director

Jon “Bowzer” Bauman – President of Social Security Works PAC

Michael Phelan – Deputy Director

Jasmine Jefferson Wigfall – Legislative Director

Linda Benesch – Communications Director

Troy Miller – Special Projects Director

Paige Kelly – Digital Associate

Alex Abbott – Policy and Research Specialist

Bradley Herring – Livestreaming Manager and Videographer

Senior Advisors

Diane Archer – Senior Advisor on Medicare

Jon “Bowzer” Bauman – Senior Advisor

Richard (RJ) Eskow – Senior Advisor on Health & Economic Justice

Ernie Powell – Senior Advisor on Grassroots Organizing

Dr. Sanjeev Sriram (aka Dr. America) – Senior Advisor on Medicaid

Board of Directors

For more information about our Board of Directors, click here.


You can also learn more about our work by visiting the coalition website at www.strengthensocialsecurity.org.