Washington, DC – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Kathryn Lang of Maryland to serve on the Social Security Advisory Board, an independent agency with a seven-member bipartisan board that advises the President, Congress, and Commissioner of Social Security on policies related to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs. The position is subject to Senate confirmation.
Lang serves as the Director of Federal Income Security at Justice in Aging, a national nonprofit legal advocacy organization. Her advocacy has focused on improving the Social Security and SSI programs, centering on the needs of people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, those living with disabilities, immigrants, and those with limited English proficiency.
Before joining Justice in Aging, Lang was an attorney at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, where she was an advocate for low-income older adults and persons with disabilities. In previous positions, she worked as an attorney at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Bread for the City Legal Clinic, Doherty, Cella, Keane, and Associates, LLP, and Legal Services of Northern California. She received her BA from Oberlin College and her JD from Fordham University School of Law. She also has a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
Lang joins two other White House nominees who are pending confirmation. Earlier this month, President Biden nominated Andrew G. Biggs and Sharon Beth Lewis to serve terms until September 2024 and 2028, respectively. If confirmed, Lang would serve until September 2026.
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.