Deborah Sullivan, Staff Director
Deborah (Debi) Sullivan is the Staff Director for the Social Security Advisory Board and has been on staff with SSAB since September 2007. Before coming to the Board, Ms. Sullivan had an extensive career with the Social Security Administration; starting as a claims representative, she held a number of managerial and professional positions at various levels of the organization. She completed the Senior Executive Service Candidate Program where she did extensive work on the SSA’s disability improvement initiatives. During her tenure at the agency, Ms. Sullivan was the recipient of many awards including several Commissioner's Citations and a National Performance Award. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science from Ball State University and completed additional graduate work at Emory University in Atlanta.
Claire Green, Deputy Staff Director
Claire Green joined the Social Security Advisory Board staff on October 1, 2012, as the Deputy Staff Director. Before that Ms. Green spent two and a half years on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Fellow through Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute. Ms. Green worked for the Senate Finance Committee Majority on the Social Security/Budget Team on issues involving oversight of the Social Security Administration, trust fund solvency, budget, debt limit and deficit reduction issues and a comparison of public and private sector group disability policies (covered under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.) Ms. Green worked in the disability component for the Social Security Administration for 18 years earning over a dozen performance and team awards. She started as a decision writer and worked in progressively more responsible positions, most recently as Attorney Advisor to the Chief Judge where she worked on complex policy issues, the electronic business process, bias and misconduct complaints against Administrative Law Judges and employee and labor relation issues. Ms. Green has a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law; she completed the coursework for a Masters of Fine Arts in Professional Writing and Publishing from Emerson College and graduated with honors from Assumption College with a double major in English and Sociology.
Jacqueline Chapin, Ph.D.
Jackie Chapin joined the Advisory Board in September 2011 as a staff policy analyst. She began her career with the Federal Government in 2004 as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Policy in Baltimore, Maryland. She transferred to field office operations in the San Francisco region in 2005 and worked in field office management, specializing in Supplemental Security Income. During her time in the field, Dr. Chapin spent a year detailed to Baltimore working on disability policy. Prior to working for the Federal government, she taught Sociology at colleges and universities in both Portland, Oregon and Riverside, California. Dr. Chapin worked as a registered nurse prior to studying sociology. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology at Cal State Los Angeles, and both her Master's and Doctoral Degrees in Sociology at the University of California at Riverside. While working for SSA, Dr. Chapin earned several agency awards including an Associate Commissioner's Citation and a Commissioner's Team Award for her work in disability policy.
Jeremy Elder joined the Advisory Board staff as a research assistant in August 2011, after interning with the Board that summer. Prior to joining the Advisory Board, he interned at a Maryland State advocacy group. During his time there he researched and drafted legislative testimony on social policy issues including welfare policy, housing, education, and health care policy. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Joel A. Feinleib
Joel Feinleib joined the Advisory Board as Staff Economist in 2005 focusing on long-term financing issues, reform proposals, and empirical research. He previously worked as a research consultant and policy analyst in Washington D.C. and Chicago specializing in the economic, demographic and statistical analysis of social policy issues including welfare policy, drug control policy, environmental health and HIV/AIDS prevention. He holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.
Robin Walker joined the Advisory Board staff as a staff assistant in December 2009 after spending many years as an executive assistant in the private sector. Most recently she supported the work of the President and Vice President of a D.C. construction firm. Ms. Walker has over 20 years of experience in managing all aspects of a corporate office.
David Warner began his career with the Federal Government in 1988 as a budget and program analyst for the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. He worked principally on the administrative budget for the Medicare program and the program and administrative budgets for the Medicaid program and the Social Security Administration (SSA). Mr. Warner transferred to SSA in 1995. Until 1998, he served as a senior social insurance specialist for the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Legislation and Congressional Affairs. In 1998, Mr. Warner completed a developmental assignment as professional staff to the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Committee on Ways and Means. Since joining the staff of the Social Security Advisory Board in 1999, he has served as a policy analyst and Executive Officer for the Board. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's Degree in public sector and non-profit financial management from the University of Maryland.