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Claire Green, Director

Claire Green joined the Board staff in October 2012 as deputy staff director and was named staff director in September 2013. Before that she worked for the Senate Finance Committee as a congressional fellow. Her portfolio included SSA programs, solvency, deficit reduction issues, SSA’s administrative budget, and public and private sector disability programs. Claire worked at Social Security for 18 years, earning over a dozen performance and team awards. In 2004 she was promoted to the Chief Judges Attorney-Advisor where she worked on complex program and policy issues, the electronic business process, bias and misconduct complaints against Administrative Law Judges, and employee and labor relation issues. Claire has a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law and graduated with honors from Assumption College with a double major in English and Sociology.

Diane Brandt, PhD, Research Director

Diane Brandt joined the Board staff in September 2017 as a senior advisor. Diane began her career with the federal government in 2008 as a protocol manager for the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center, Rehabilitation Medicine Department, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Section. She worked principally on an interagency agreement with the Social Security Administration in support of the agency disability programs. In addition to a diverse clinical background, Diane’s research interests include public policy/health policy and implications for vulnerable populations; and, the geospatial implications of policy outcomes. She holds a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master of science in gerontology and neurorehabilitation from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a master of arts and PhD from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in political science, specializing in public/health policy.

Pamela Crawford, PhD, Senior Advisor

Pamela Crawford joined the Board staff in June 2018 as a Senior Advisor. Pamela’s federal service experience includes positions at the Social Security Administration (as a STEM Presidential Management Fellow), Department of Health and Human Services (Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response, Division of International Health Security), Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Professional experience in academia includes Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; the Johns Hopkins University at the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Evidence-based Policy Center, and the Center for American Indian Health. International work includes service at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health, the World Bank Institute and the World Health Organization. Pamela holds graduate degrees from Harvard University (SM), Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (MS), Johns Hopkins University (PhD) and Cambridge University (MPhil).

Bethel Dejene, Management Officer

Bethel Dejene joined the Board staff in June 2014 as a Research Analyst, and currently serves as a Management Officer. Prior to joining the Board, Bethel completed an internship at the Ethiopian Community Development Council in Arlington, Virginia. She was also a participant in Capital Area REACH, job-readiness and community service program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from George Mason University.

Joel A. Feinleib, Senior Advisor

Joel Feinleib joined the Board staff in 2005 as Staff Economist and focuses on OASDI trust fund financing, reform proposals, retirement security, and SSA’s policy and administrative research programs. He has managed the the quadrennial Technical Panel on Assumptions and Methods since 2007. He previously worked as a research consultant and policy analyst in Washington DC and Chicago, specializing in the economic, demographic and statistical analysis of social policy issues. Joel holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.

Conway Reinders, Lead Policy Analyst

Conway Reinders joined the Board staff in May 2017 as a policy analyst focusing on service delivery issues, including representative payees, field office closures and performance management. Prior to joining the Board, Conway was a research consultant to the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, an economic research center that advances a framework for reducing multidimensional poverty, grounded in people’s experiences and values. Previously, he served as a special assistant to The Hamilton Project, a domestic economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution. In 2016, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University, graduating magna cum laude in international affairs with special honors in economics.

Jenn Rigger, Senior Advisor

Jenn Rigger came to the Board as a Social Security Administration (SSA) detailee in March 2015 and currently serves as a senior advisor. In a 30-year career in Washington, DC, Jenn has focused on employment policy for people with disabilities, particularly Social Security beneficiaries’ return-to-work efforts. Her career began on Capitol Hill and in presidential primary campaigns. She spent eight years at the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration and nine more at SSA focused on the Ticket to Work and related employment support programs, including serving as staff to the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel. At the Board, Jenn focuses on disability policy and administrative issues. Jenn obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in political science and history from James Madison University.

Emma Tatem, Lead Policy Analyst

Emma Tatem joined the Board staff in August 2018 as a Policy Analyst and currently serves as a Lead Policy Analyst. Prior to joining the Board, Emma worked as a Research Assistant to the Latin American Public Opinion Project, an international survey research institute housed at Vanderbilt University. Previously, she completed an internship in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution. In 2017, she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in political science with honors from Pepperdine University and a certificate in conflict management from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine School of Law.

Lorena Hernandez Barcena, Policy Analyst

Lorena Hernandez Barcena joined the Board staff in July 2019 as a policy analyst. Previously, she completed internships at the House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, Harlem Children’s Zone, and The Breakthrough Collaborative. She was also selected as a fellow for the Goldman School of Public Policy’s Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2019, she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in economics with honors from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Mayana Bonapart, Policy Analyst

Mayana Bonapart came to the Board in May 2019 as a National Academy of Social Insurance Research Intern and was subsequently hired as a Policy Analyst in August 2019. Previously, she worked as a Medical Care Coordinator with ArchCare at Home, a Health Home Program sponsored agency, and as the Social Work Intern at the Women’s Health Program of Community Catalyst, which serves as a coordinating member of the Raising Women’s Voices initiative. Mayana completed a Master of Science in social work from Columbia University, with a minor in law. She holds a BA in anthropology/sociology from Lewis and Clark College, where she published an honors thesis.

Sunny Bick, Management Analyst

Sunny Bick joined the Board staff in January 2020 as a Management Analyst. She comes from a research background, most recently studying the pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease with the Mayo Clinic Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases in Jacksonville, Florida. Sunny’s previous work at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Lab involved marine species genetic diversity and adaptation to environmental stress. Sunny spent several years with the Federal government doing collaborative VA Medical Center /NIH research into cholesterol metabolism, and alcoholism’s effect on diabetes and hyperlipidemia in the Veteran population. Sunny graduated with honors from University of Maryland, receiving a BS with a joint major in microbiology and biochemistry.

Alison Thomas, Research Intern

Alison Thomas joined the Board in January 2020 as a research intern. She is a junior at The George Washington University studying economics and political science with a focus on public policy. Previously, she worked at the Ethiopian Community Development Council as an employment and business engagement intern, where she developed a financial literacy program for refugee women.