Our Leadership Team

Social Security, Medicare, and the health and retirement security of all Americans are our specialties. Our team of experts has decades of administrative and policy experience in dealing with the political, economic, and legislative aspects of the Social Security and Medicare programs.  When you need someone to explain, “What does this really mean?” the National Committee can break it down in ways you and your audience will understand. From network newscasts and national dailies to talk radio, our policy analysts provide a regular source of information for news-gatherers nationwide.  We’re available to provide that same expertise to you and your audience.

Max Richtman, President/CEO

Max Richtman is one of the nation’s leading advocates for Social Security and Medicare — and a prominent expert on seniors’ issues. He has served as President and CEO of NCPSSM since 2011, after joining the organization in 1989.  Max also serves as Chair of the National Committee’s Political Action Committee (PAC) board. He is a former staff director of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill.

Max has testified before House and Senate committees and provided expert commentary during appearances on CNN, C-Span, FOX, MSNBC, CBS and Pacifica radio networks. He has participated in hundreds of Congressional Town Hall meetings across the country and has been a featured speaker at national and state conferences on aging. His writings on seniors’ issues have been published in Newsweek, the Washington Post, The Hill, MarketWatch, CNN.com, and CNBC.com, among others.

Dan Adcock, Director of Government Relations & Policy

Veteran seniors’ advocate and policy expert, Dan Adcock, is the Director of Government Relations and Policy for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Prior to joining the National Committee, Dan was Legislative Director at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE).

During his 18-year tenure at NARFE, there were no legislated reductions in federal civilian retirement and health benefits. Dan helped to write, promote and enact NARFE led-legislation in September 2000 to create the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program.  He also served as executive assistant to Assistant Secretary for Aging Jeanette C. Takamura.  Dan was a professional staff member with the House Committee on Education and Labor where he helped write the 1992 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act and served as Senior Legislative Assistant to Representative Matthew G. Martinez (D-CA-31).  Before Capitol Hill, Dan held budget analyst positions with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado and an M.A. in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC.

Maria Freese

Maria Freese is an attorney with 17 years of legislative experience as a staffer on Capitol Hill and almost two decades advocating for clients interested in having their concerns heard in Washington, D.C.  Her experience includes handling Appropriations issues for former Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), serving as Legislative Director for Rep. L.F. Payne (D-VA), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and as Tax Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee.

After leaving the Hill, Ms. Freese served as Director of Government Relations and Counsel for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.  She subsequently partnered with former Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly (D-CT) in a boutique lobbying firm and taught political science courses at Trinity Washington University.  She currently serves as Senior Legislative Representative at to the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare on Social Security and retirement issues.

Walter Gottlieb, Director of Communications

Walter served as Deputy Communications Director of the National Committee for several years before becoming Communications Director. He is responsible for the organization’s public messaging and communications strategies – including earned media, social media, the “Entitled to Know” blog, and media relations. Before joining the National Committee, Walter was an Emmy award-winning television and video producer, writer, and director. He produced programming for Discovery, History Channel, Smithsonian Networks, Animal Planet, and National Geographic, among others. He directed public television documentaries and worked as a tv news producer in Washington, D.C. and North Florida.