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Join Government Affairs Director Lisa Ekman, Deputy Government Affairs Director Stacy Cloyd, and Staff Attorney Lea Ko on Tuesday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m. eastern time for NOSSCR’s second quarterly Washington Update webinar for 2018. The webinar will provide you with the latest information on the status of Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations for the Social Security Administration (which begins on ends October 1, 2018), the nominations of Andrew Saul for Commissioner of SSA and David Black for Deputy Commissioner and possible confirmation hearing schedule, recent Congressional hearings, and Social Security related legislation. The webinar will also feature updates on the latest developments at SSA including the solvency status of the Social Security Trust Funds, the implementation of the CARES backlog reduction plan, recently released proposed listings updates, and the recently released spring regulatory agenda for SSA. Finally, the webinar will provide updates on 2 Supreme Court cases with implications for Social Security, Lucia and Culbertson….Register today to join Lisa, Stacy, and Lea for this webinar.
Lisa Ekman is NOSSCR’s Director of Government Affairs. She has more than 16 years of experience working to improve economic security for people with disabilities, focusing on SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare and Medicaid, employment programs, and long-term services and supports. She started her disability policy career as a Presidential Management Intern at the Social Security Administration, where she worked on the development and implementation of the Ticket to Work Program. She has worked as a staff member to the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel, and as disability policy advisor to Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Tom Harkin, and James Jeffords on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. After her time on Capitol Hill, she served as a Senior Policy Analyst in Legislative Affairs for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities before returning to school to earn her law degree. Directly prior to joining NOSSCR, she served as the Director of Federal Policy for Health & Disability Advocates. She has also provided disability policy consulting services to NOSSCR, the American Association of People with Disabilities, Axiom Resource Management, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Ekman received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University, her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver, and a Bachelors in Communications from Northwestern University.
Stacy Cloyd is NOSSCR’s Deputy Director of Government Affairs. In her role at NOSSCR, Cloyd advocates for laws, regulations, policies, and public perceptions that preserve and strengthen Social Security. Prior to working at NOSSCR, Ms. Cloyd was an attorney at Bread for the City, a nonprofit legal clinic in Washington, DC. She also served as the senior domestic policy analyst at Bread for the World Institute, an anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocacy organization. Ms. Cloyd graduated from Smith College and received her law degree and a Master's degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan.
Lea Ko currently serves as NOSSCR’s staff attorney, where her primary role is to assist NOSSCR members in their ability to represent claimants for Social Security disability and SSI benefits. Prior to joining NOSSCR in July 2016, Ms. Ko worked for a private law firm representing Social Security claimants out of Richmond, Virginia since graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2013. During her last year of law school, Ms. Ko also worked as a Social Security brief writer, drafting pre-hearing briefs on claimants’ behalf.
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