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Social Security Advisory Board announces appointment of Kim Hildred as Chair

July 25, 2017

Blond woman seated in front of the American flagWashington, DC. July 25, 2017. The President has designated Kim Hildred as Chair of the Social Security Advisory Board for a four-year term ending January 21, 2021.

Since being appointed to the board by the Speaker of the House in September 2016, Ms. Hildred, has brought a wealth of experience, a collaborative mindset, and technical expertise to the work of the Advisory Board.

Upon her designation as Chair, Ms. Hildred said:

“The members and staff of the Social Security Advisory Board are committed to strengthening Social Security programs and improving service delivery for those who receive benefits and the workers whose hard-earned wages fund these vital programs. I look forward to building upon the efforts of previous chairs to advance the impacts of the board, while achieving accountability and efficiency deserved by taxpayers.”

Ms. Hildred brings more than 30 years of knowledge and expertise in social security policy, programs, and administration to this role. In early 2015, she retired from the U.S. House of Representatives after serving 17 years as Staff Director of the Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security. Ms. Hildred’s efforts contributed to the Committee holding more than 120 congressional hearings and the signing of 10 Social Security bills into law. Her prior service includes 13 years at the Social Security Administration working on various aspects of the disability insurance program. She currently serves as President of Hildred Consulting LLC. Ms. Hildred has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Waynesburg University and a Master of Science in Education degree from Duquesne University.

Ms. Hildred assumes the post from Henry Aaron, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. During his three-year tenure as chair, Mr. Aaron oversaw publications on topics including the windfall elimination provision, single decision maker, the representative payee program, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, as well as an SSI forum. Additionally, Mr. Aaron oversaw the quadrennial technical panel, and commissioned a technical panel to focus on the Labor Force Participation Rate as well as an independent analysis of SSA’s Promoting Opportunity Demonstration project.