Anita Grant, Senior Advisor (09/15 – Present)
Anita Grant joined the Board staff in 2016. Anita began her career with SSA in 1992, when she was hired as Teleservice Representative. Anita spent 23 years in SSA Operations, working in the Dallas Region, the Seattle Region, and SSA Headquarters in Baltimore. She rose through the ranks as a Service Representative; Claims Representative (specializing in Title II); Budget Analyst; Security Analyst; Management Analyst; Team Leader; Deputy Division Director; Executive Officer; and Division Director. She also worked with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at the Department of Education. She was selected as the Lead Project Manager for the Ready Retirement Team, where she oversaw and coordinated the rollout of SSA’s online benefits application, iClaim, in 2009, and all subsequent releases of iClaim, which included the Medicare Only application in 2010. She was instrumental in creating policy changes that simplified the process for filing for benefits that resulted in significant savings to both the agency and the public. Anita was selected for the Seattle Regional Leadership and Management Development Program 2006 and was a graduate of SSA’s National Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) in 2008. In 2012, Anita was selected for the Asian American Government Executive Network’s inaugural Senior Executive Service Career Develop Program. Anita has received numerous Deputy Commissioner and Associate Commissioner Citation awards and was honored with a Commissioner’s Team Award Citation. She was also the recipient of the Nextgov Award in 2010 for her work on the Ready Retirement Initiative. Anita has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington and a M.S. in Management from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
Jenn Rigger, Senior Advisor (09/15 – Present)
In a 25-year career in Washington, DC, Jenn Rigger has built an expertise in the area of employment for people with disabilities, particularly social security beneficiaries’ return-to-work efforts. She came to the board as a Social Security Administration (SSA) detailee in March, 2015, but her career began on Capitol Hill and in presidential primary campaigns. She spent eight years at the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, managing a broad portfolio of policy issues. Her 9-year tenure at SSA began as staff to the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel in 2006 and transitioned to SSA’s employment support component after that. At the board, Ms. Rigger focuses on disability policy and administrative issues.
Pamela Crawford, Ph.D., Senior Advisor (06/18 – Present)
Pamela's federal service experience includes: the Social Security Administration (as a STEM Presidential Management Fellow & Social Insurance Specialist), Health & Human Services (Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response, Division of International Health Security), Department of Defense (Defense Health Agency, J-5 & the Department of the Army), the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health & the National Library of Medicine - Informatics) and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of the Director. Whilst on a Fulbright Fellowship, Pamela partnered with the U.S. Indian Health Service and Health Canada, creating an international collaboration on telemedicine to improve remote tribes' health outcomes. She worked directly with the Tsay Keh Dene First Nation, Frog Clan, and the San Carlos & White Mountain Apache Tribes, to ensure their voices and perspectives were included in the project.
Professional experience in academia includes working at Harvard University, including Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Johns Hopkins University, specifically at the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Policy Center, and the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. Pamela also served as a director of a non-profit organization providing literacy, job training and health education to those in need in California. Some international work includes service at Mexico's National Institute of Public Health, the World Bank Institute and the World Health Organization (Pan American Health Organization). Her education includes graduate degrees from Harvard University (SM), Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (MS), Johns Hopkins University (PhD) and Cambridge University in English (MPhil). Pamela also worked and/or studied in Africa, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Northern Canada and Southeast Asia, and spent three months sailing around the world.