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Bob Joondeph Named SSAB Chair

July 28, 2021

Washington, DC – President Joe Biden has named Bob Joondeph Chair of the Social Security Advisory Board. Joondeph replaces Kim Hildred, who was designated Chair by President Donald Trump in July 2017.  

Since being appointed to the Board in October 2018, Joondeph has brought a collaborative mindset and a wealth of experience on disability issues.  

Upon his designation as Chair, Joondeph said: 

“I would like to thank President Biden for placing his trust in me and the Board’s work. As an independent, bipartisan advisor to Social Security, Congress, and the White House, the Board will continue to provide a forum for exchange of information and research, and analyze how Social Security can most effectively assure economic security for Americans.” 

Joondeph has a 25-year plus tenure as Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon, a state protection and advocacy organization. Joondeph graduated from Brown University and Case Western Reserve Law School.


The Board’s mission is to advise the President, Congress, and Commissioner of Social Security on the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs. The Board is comprised of Presidential and Congressional appointees with professional staff.