Nancy J. Altman has a thirty-five year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. She is co-director of Social Security Works and co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition and campaign. She is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) and co-author of Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All (The New Press, 2015).
From 1983 to 1989, Ms. Altman was on the faculty of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and taught courses on private pensions and Social Security at the Harvard Law School. In 1982, she was Alan Greenspan's assistant in his position as chairman of the bipartisan commission that developed the 1983 Social Security amendments. From 1977 to 1981, she was a legislative assistant to Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO), and advised the Senator with respect to Social Security issues. From 1974 to 1977, she was a tax lawyer with Covington & Burling, where she handled a variety of private pension matters.
Ms. Altman is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pension Rights Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of beneficiary rights. In the mid-1980’s, she was on the organizing committee and the first board of directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Ms. Altman has appeared on, among other shows, the PBS Newshour and MSNBC’s Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, as well as numerous radio shows.
Ms. Altman has an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Ms. Altman has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR.
MSNBC Politics Nation with Al Sharpton
MSNBC [June 30, 2012]
PBS News Hour
PBS [April 23 ,2012]
Nancy Altman on Fox News
Fox News [September 9, 2011]
The Striking Superiority of Social Security in the Provision of Wage Insurance
50 Harvard Journal on Legislation [forthcoming 2013]
Most liberals still oppose benefit cuts
Politico [January 2013]
The War Against Social Security
Dissent Magazine [Fall 2012]
Medicare Will Be Gone By Next Thanksgiving If Republicans Have Their Way
The Huffington Post [November 21, 2016]
We can afford to hike benefits: Opposing view
USA Today [July 11, 2016]
Trump's many flip-flops on Social Security
RT America: News with Ed Schultz [May 17, 2016]
Nancy Altman discusses ways we can save social security
Newsmax TV [March 10, 2015]