31st Annual Policy Conference

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Main Program: Thursday, January 31, 2019

National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join the National Academy of Social Insurance to examine facts about economic insecurity in the United States today, and to explore policy options for improving the financial prospects of all Americans, particularly Millennials and future generations.

 

When the U.S. was industrializing and urbanizing in the 19th and 20th centuries, workers, businesses, and civic leaders cooperated to adopt a series of pioneering social policies. Many of these policies and programs – including Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, and health care coverage through Medicare and Medicaid – continue to protect millions of Americans today.

 

We have now entered a new century and a new millennium, and individuals across all generations are vulnerable to economic displacement from automation, globalization, changing work arrangements, and other major disruptions. The 2018 Report of the Social Security Trustees projects that without adjustments to augment the program, workers retiring 16 years from now might receive only three-quarters of the benefits promised. Polls show, however, that many working Americans – Millennials and others – believe that they will receive no Social Security benefits whatsoever. More immediately, many are struggling to pay off student loans, now totaling over $1.5 trillion. The typical worker has no retirement savings. Disparities across communities and demographics present additional major challenges, further fueling the nation’s persistent problem of inequality.

 

Among the questions facing the nation and policymakers are:

  • What assumptions about the risks workers face are supported by facts and what assumptions may be mere impressions?
  • What risks do current social insurance programs address? Do we need to develop new economic and social policies to address different risks facing younger generations?
  • How might we improve existing policies and programs to solve challenges facing various communities and generations?
  • How might the creative and entrepreneurial vision of Millennials engage with other generations to build on our nation’s 20th century accomplishments to address 21st century risks more effectively?
  • How might we contribute to a more vibrant and functional democratic society by strengthening sources of economic security and narrowing income inequality?

Who: This is a conference for health, economic, retirement, and social policy experts, as well as for emerging and established social entrepreneurs, and other public and private sector professionals working to regenerate the promise of social insurance to enhance economic security in the 21st century.

 
Please note that this schedule may be subject to change.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

5:00 PM Opening Reception and Keynote

Thursday, January 31, 2019

7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Welcome Remarks
8:10 AM Opening Keynote
8:40 AM Session 1: Emerging and Uninsured Risks Facing Younger Generations
 
  • Moderator: Kathryn Edwards, Associate Economist, RAND Corporation
  • Colleen Campbell, Associate Director, Postsecondary Education, Center for American Progress
  • Yulya Truskinovsky, Assistant Professor of Economics, Wayne State University
  • Laurie Goodman, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy, Urban Institute
9:45 AM Break
9:55 AM Session 2: The Changing Nature of Work: Challenges and Solutions
 
  • Moderator: Ramsey Alwin, Director of Thought Leadership, Financial Resilience, Office of Policy, Research, and International Affairs, AARP
  •  Jessica Fulton, Director, Economic Policy, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • More speakers TBA
 
10:55 AM Break
11:05 AM Session 3: Universal Family Care to Support Workers and Families
 
  • Moderator: Josie Kalipeni, Director of Policy Partnerships, Caring Across Generations
  • Alexandra Bradley, Lead Policy Analyst, Health and Caregiving, National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Benjamin Veghte, Project Director, Academy Study Panel on Caregiving
12:05 PM Break
12:30 PM Networking Luncheon
1:45 PM Break
2:00 PM Session 4: Health Care Coverage Across the Generations: The Connection to Economic Security and Participation in Work
 
  • Speakers TBA
2:55 PM Break
3:05 PM Session 5: Social Security and Economic Security Across the Lifespan
 
  • Moderator: Helaine Olen, Writer, Washington Post, Slate
  • Kathleen Romig, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Rebecca Cokley, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Meg Bostrom, Co-Founder, Topos Partnership
4:00 PM Session 6: Assured Income as a Mechanism to Promote Economic Security 
 
  • Moderator: H. Luke Shaefer, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Director, Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan
  • Dorian Warren, President, Center for Community Change
  • Sam Hammond, Director of Poverty and Welfare Policy, Niskanen Center
5:20 PM Conference adjourns
  Early Bird (Until 11/30/18) Regular (Until 01/30/19)
General $400 $500
Academy Member or Associate $250 $350
Currently employed at .Gov or .Org or .Edu $300 $450
Young Professional (40 and under) OR Social Entrepreneur based outside the DC-metro area (traveling 50 miles or greater) $200 Email Kristine Quinio (kquinio@nasi.org) for a discount code to receive 50% off General rate (will be asked to submit qualifications for this rate)
Delegate (Based outside DC-metro area) (Non-Academy Members) Complimentary registration; limited # available; complete an application form by 12/31/18; accepted delegates will be notified on a rolling basis as space permits
General Group (4 or more registrants from the same organization) $300/registrant
Student (Must show proof of current enrollment) $100 $150
Marketing Partner Email Kristine Quinio (kquinio@nasi.org to inquire)
Speakers Confirmed as of November 11, 2018
(In alphabetical order)

Ramsey Alwin, Director of Thought Leadership, Financial Resilience, Office of Policy, Research, and International Affairs, AARP

Meg Bostrom, Co-Founder, Topos Partnership

Alexandra Bradley, Lead Policy Analyst, Health and Caregiving, National Academy of Social Insurance

Colleen Campbell, Associate Director, Postsecondary Education, Center for American Progress

Rebecca Cokley, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Kathryn Edwards, Associate Economist, RAND Corporation

Jessica Fulton, Director, Economic Policy, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Laurie Goodman, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy, Urban Institute

Sam Hammond, Director of Poverty and Welfare Policy, Niskanen Center

Josie Kalipeni, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Caring Across Generations

Helaine Olen, Writer, Washington Post, Slate

Kathleen Romig, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

H. Luke Shaefer, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Director, Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan

Yulya Truskinovsky, Assistant Professor of Economics at Wayne State University

Benjamin Veghte, Project Director, Academy Study Panel on Caregiving

Aliya Wang, Executive Director, Retirement Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Dorian Warren, President, Center for Community Change

More speakers to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Ramsey L. Alwin is the Director of Thought Leadership for Financial Resilience in the Office of Policy, Research, and International Affairs at AARP. Alwin’s work focuses on longevity trends and economic security issues, especially as they relate to older adults. She was instrumental in formulating the Elder Economic Security Index for measuring the daily cost-of-living for an individual 65 and older of a given housing status, household composition, and location. Alwin has worked with federal agency officials, Congressional staff, local agency authorities, and as a spokesperson for print and broadcast media. Prior to her position at AARP, Alwin was Vice President of Economic Security for the National Council on Aging (NCOA). At NCOA, she directed the Economic Security Initiative, a national multi-site demonstration project to help struggling seniors tap community resources, and the Home Equity Initiative, which educated older homeowners on the wise use of their home equity. Her efforts resulted in the creation of Savvy Saving Seniors® financial education toolkits and an online decision support tool, EconomicCheckUp®. Alwin served on the Workplace Flexibility 2010 Task Force on Phased Retirement at Georgetown University’s Law Center and the Advisory Board of the U.S. Administration on Aging. She has a B.A. in social policy from Simmons College. Alwin was elected to the Academy in 2010.

Jeff N. Cruz is a Senior Advisor for Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) on the Senate Budget Committee, working as a senior policy analyst for Social Security. Previously, he was Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement at the White House, where he served as the main point-of-contact to outside organizations on healthcare, Social Security, and senior issues. He was Executive Director of Latinos for a Secure Retirement, a coalition of national Latino organizations working to protect and strengthen Social Security, Medicare, and the pension system. He was also a fellow at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Initiative (CHCI). Cruz’s work with House Democratic leadership includes a role as lead staffer on aging issues for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and as senior policy advisor for U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. In 2008, he took leave from the Senate to work for President Obama's election campaign as the Deputy Director for Senior Outreach in the Chicago headquarters and then as the Florida State Seniors Vote Director. He was a senior policy analyst for Social Security and Medicare Part D programs for the Campaign for America’s Future, where he wrote several policy papers on Social Security and Medicare Part D. Cruz holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Cruz was elected to the Academy in 2010.

Walt Dawson is the Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) at the University of California - San Francisco. He was previously Director of Research and Analytics at the Oregon Health Care Association, a statewide, nonprofit trade association that represents more than 1,000 organizations and 90 percent of long term care providers in the state. He is an occasional lecturer in the Oregon Health & Science University – Portland State University School of Public Health. Dawson is on the Public Policy Committee of the American Society on Aging, the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, Oregon Chapter, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging. Most recently, he was appointed by Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown to the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services. In 2015, Dawson was a Fulbright Scholar to Canada, where he held the Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Policy at McMaster University. Previously, he worked in various policy and research positions in Washington, DC, including at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Health and Ageing Programme of the Atlantic Philanthropies. Dawson holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a D. Phil. in social policy from the University of Oxford, where his research focused on long-term services and supports policy in the United States. He was a Visiting Scholar at the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2011. He was elected to the Academy in 2014.

Manasi Deshpande is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago Department of Economics. Her research interests are empirical public finance and labor economics, with a focus on the effects of social insurance and public assistance programs and their interaction with labor markets. She received her Ph.D. in economics from MIT and graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in economics, mathematics, and Plan II Honors (humanities). She has worked as a policy advisor for the White House National Economic Council and as a research assistant for the Hamilton Project at Brookings. Desphande received the John Heinz Dissertation Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2016. She was elected to the Academy in 2018.

Kathryn Anne Edwards is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation. Her research spans diverse areas of public policy, including the financial resources available to unemployed households, the role of Social Security in wealth inequality, and the sources of health insurance for disabled workers. Prior to entering a PhD program, Edwards worked at the Economic Policy Institute. While there, she published numerous articles. She also authored The Kids Aren't Alright: A Labor Market Analysis of Young Workers (2010), which discussed the severity of the unemployment crisis facing young adults, its historical context, and the implications for their future wages and skills. She authored The Young Person's Guide to Social Security, published by the National Academy of Social Insurance (2012). Her graduate experience includes work as a National Institute of Aging Trainee at the Center for Demography and Human Ecology, a graduate fellow of the Institute for Research on Poverty, and a summer fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago through the Committee for the Study of Women in the Economics Profession. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016. Edwards was elected to the Academy in 2015.

Josephine Kalipeni is Director of Policy and Partnerships for Caring Across Generations. Her expertise includes grassroots and faith-based organizing, civic and consumer engagement with a focus on millennial engagement, social justice campaign development, health equity, and policy development and analysis. She initially worked in family crisis case management and social work, experiencing the hardships of families navigating broken systems. This led her to advocacy and policy development work. She earned a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in political science and religious studies from the University of Illinois and her master’s degree is in social justice and community development from Loyola University in Chicago.

Alex Lawson is Executive Director of Social Security Works, a non-profit group focused on ways to protect and improve the economic security of disadvantaged and at-risk populations while maintaining Social Security as a vehicle of social justice. The group is the convening member of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign — a coalition made up of over 340 national and state organizations representing more than 50 million Americans. Lawson was the first employee of Social Security Works, when he served as the communications director. He led a major communications and messaging project now used by many advocates, congressional staff, and members of Congress. He has managed the creation of a multitude of fact-sheets and reports, including 50 state reports detailing the importance of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Lawson is also a co-owner and producer at We Act Radio, a media corporation that combines broadcast and news media to deliver shows in the formats people use most. We Act’s original programs can be found streaming at WeActRadio.com, on YouTube, on AM and FM radio stations around the country, and on iTunes. Lawson has previously held positions with Media Matters for America, Campaign for America’s Future, High 5 Consulting, and others. Mr. Lawson received his M.P.P. from George Washington University. He has been a Member of the Academy since 2012.

Kathleen Romig is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), where she works on Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and other budget issues. Romig previously worked at the Social Security Administration, Social Security Advisory Board, and Congressional Research Service (CRS). Romig is a past Presidential Management Fellow who completed a rotation at the Office of Management and Budget. Romig was Michigan State University’s first recipient of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, established in honor of former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell, who served as chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. The program allowed her to pursue her master's degree in social policy at the University College Cork. Romig was elected to the Academy in 2009.

H. Luke Shaefer, an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, is the inaugural director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, a new interdisciplinary initiative that aims to become a leader in informing, identifying and testing new strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty in Michigan, the nation and the world. His recent book with Kathryn Edin, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by the New York Times Book Review, and won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, among other awards. Shaefer’s research on poverty, social insurance and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals such as Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the American Journal of Public Health, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, among other sources. Shaefer has presented his research at the White House and before numerous federal agencies, has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and has consulted with a number of the nation’s largest social service providers as well as numerous community-based agencies. His work has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Vox, the Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post, among other media outlets, and he has been featured on such programs as Marketplace and CNBC’s Nightly Business Report. Shaefer received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in social service administration at the University of Chicago. He was elected to the Academy in 2013.

Elisa A. Walker is a Social Insurance Specialist in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Research, Demonstration, and Employment Support. Walker previously served as a consultant and special assistant to SSA’s Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy. Before joining SSA in 2015, she was an Income Security Policy Analyst at the National Academy of Social Insurance, where she analyzed Social Security financing, policy options, and disability insurance. Walker co-authored several Academy publications, including Americans Make Hard Choices on Social Security: A Survey with Trade-Off Analysis. Walker received the Frances Perkins Center’s 2015 Open Door Award, given annually to an emerging leader in social justice and economic security, and a 2016 Commissioner’s Team Award. She holds a B.A. in sociology and Spanish from the University of Mary Washington, and has been a member of the Academy since 2015.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristine Quinio at (202) 243-7008 or kquinio@nasi.org.

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