National Committee Board of Directors
Max Richtman, J.D. - President/CEO
A former staff director of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill, Max Richtman is President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), one of the nation's most influential senior advocacy and education membership organizations. Mr. Richtman, who joined the organization in 1989, also serves as Chair of the National Committee's Political Action Committee (PAC) board, a non-partisan committee that endorses candidates for federal office who take uncompromising stands on social policy legislation which impacts the aging population. Mr. Richtman has testified before House and Senate committees, provided expert political and policy commentary during appearances on CNN, C-Span, FOX, MSNBC, CBS and Pacifica radio networks, participated in hundreds of Congressional Town Hall meetings across the country and has been a featured speaker during numerous national and state conferences on aging. During his congressional career, Max Richtman directed a lengthy investigation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's enforcement of age-discrimination statutes and developed legislation to establish a Consumer Price Index [for the] Elderly (CPIE) which if adopted, would lead to a more accurate cost of living adjustment for Social Security beneficiaries. Max Richtman was born in Munich , Germany , and grew up in Omaha , Nebraska . He graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law School . He is vice-chair of the Seniors Coordinating Council of the Democratic National Committee, a member of the District of Columbia Bar and he resides in Montgomery County , Maryland.
Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D. - Chair
Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D., joined the Board of Directors in 2005 and was elected to a three-year term as board chair in June 2012.
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore leads Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, DC-based strategic social change firm that helps make policy work for people, communities and the environment. She is also the founder of GlobalPolicy.tv, a web-based public affairs platform that explores important issues related to public policy, politics, and popular culture.
Maya’s expertise includes health, social insurance, income security, education, women’s issues and youth civic participation. She serves on the board of the National Association of Counties and is also a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Maya is co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America and author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip-Hop Generation. She received a Running Start’s Young Women to Watch Award and served as an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow.
A regular guest on radio and television, Maya has appeared on NPR, CNN, Black Entertainment Television, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, Al Jazeera and C-SPAN. She has also provided commentary for coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle and other prominent national news sources.
A former adjunct professor in the Women in Politics Institute at American University, Maya has also served as the vice president of Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), senior resident scholar at the National Urban League, chief of staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), professional staff on the House Ways and Means Committee, and as a CBCF legislative fellow in the office of Congressman Melvin Watt (D-NC).
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Catherine Dodd, Ph.D., RN - Vice Chair
Catherine L. Dodd, PhD, RN, has devoted the last two decades to public policy and administration in the area of health and human services. Currently as the Director of the San Francisco Health Service System she is responsible for negotiating and administering health benefits for 110,000 employees, retirees and dependents of the County, the School District and the Community College. Prior to this position she served as Mayor Gavin Newsom's Deputy Chief of Staff overseeing Health, Human Services, Workforce Development, Aging Services, Community Courts and Civic Engagement. Prior to joining the Mayor's staff, she was District Chief of Staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) and prior to that she served as Region IX Director of Health and Human Services as an appointee of President Clinton. Catherine has held many leadership positions at the state and national level in the American Nurses Association and serves on the Boards of The Breast Cancer Fund, Zen Hospice Project and Glide Methodist Church.
Shelly C. Shapiro, CPA - Treasurer
Shelly C. Shapiro was the Chief Financial Officer for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare from 1995 to 2005. During that time, she was responsible for all aspects of the National Committee's financial operations, including planning, budgeting, reporting and analysis, cash flow projection, and treasury functions. She also managed the human resources, facilities management and information systems departments. Prior to this she served as the Manager of Not-for-Profit Practice for KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, Washington , D.C. Mrs. Shapiro received her BS in Management -Accounting from A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University. Mrs. Shapiro resides in Rockville, MD.
Dr. Estes joined the Board of Directors in 2002. She is a professor of Sociology at the University of California , San Francisco (UCSF). She is the founding and former director of the Institute for Health and Aging (1979-1998) and the former Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing , UCSF. Dr. Estes is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and past president of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the American Society on Aging (ASA), and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). She has served as consultant to the U.S. Commissioner of Social Security and the U.S. Senate and House committees on aging for more than two decades. She resides in Healdsburg, California.
Ladonna Harris is the President of Americans for Indian Opportunity. As a national leader, she has influenced the agendas of the civil rights, feminist, environmental and world peace movements; and has been an advocate on behalf of Tribal America.
Mr. Kaplan joined the Board of Directors in 2006. He is the co-founder of the Kaplan Stahler Agency, a boutique literary agency located in Beverly Hills that handles a diverse group of clients from motion picture /TV writers to reality TV producers. Mr. Kaplan is a graduate of the NYU School of Commerce. He also served in the U.S. Air Force and the New York Air National Guard. Mr. Kaplan is actively involved in many organizations. Mr. Kaplan serves on the Boards of the Alliance for Children's Rights, the National Committee for an Effective Congress, and ACLU Foundation of Southern California . Mr. Kaplan resides with his wife, Marilyn Jones, in Hollywood.
Toni Miles, MD, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institute on Gerontology at the University of Georgia, Athens. An alumna of Howard University College of Medicine, Dr. Miles has published extensively on aging, minority health and health care inequity.
Mr. Nathanson was the Director of the Institute of Public Law and a member of the faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is founding director of the National Senior Citizens Law Center and founding member of the ABA Commission on legal problems of the elderly. He has served as co-chair of the UNM Center for Aging Research, Education and Service (UNMCARES) and Chair of the New Mexico Association of Geriatric Education (NMAGE). Mr. Nathanson resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Terry O’Neill is an attorney, law professor and activist for social justice, and was elected president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 2009. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committees.
Bill Vaughan is currently a consultant in the health sector for Consumers Union, the non-profit, independent publisher of Consumer Reports. Starting in 1965 he worked for various Members of the House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee, and retired in 2001 as Health Subcommittee Staff Director for the Minority. Between 2003 and May 2005 he was Director of Government Relations for Families USA, a national health advocacy organization.
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