April 19, 2012

News Release

The Board of Directors for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has announced the slate of officers for a three-year term beginning June 2012.  Chairing the nine-member board will be Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D., President/CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, DC-based social change strategy firm.  Dr. Rockeymoore has been a member of the National Committee’s board since 2005 and brings valued leadership as an income security expert working with African American, Latino and Asian American communities. She was Vice President of Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), Senior Resident Scholar for Health and Income Security at the National Urban League, and served as Chief Of Staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY). Dr Rockeymoore is co-editor of the book Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America. Dr. Rockeymoore becomes the first African American woman to chair the National Committee’s Board of Directors.  

“The National Committee has accomplished so much in its 30-year history and I look forward to helping build upon the legacy of its founder, Congressman James Roosevelt, to ensure that these programs are available for our children and grandchildren,”said Dr. Rockeymoore . “People of color rely heavily on Social Security and Medicare. Together, we will help our communities become forceful advocates, ensuring that our leaders understand how communities of color use these programs and how they can be modernized to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse society.”

Other elected National Committee board officers include Vice Chair Catherine Dodd, PhD, RN , Director of the San Francisco Health Service System; Shelly C. Shapiro , CPA – Treasurer, and Patricia G. Archbold , D.N.Sc., R.N . – Secretary.

“Our nation’s most successful poverty prevention programs continue to be in the cross-hairs of too many in Washington who believe we should cut middle-class benefits to pay for flawed fiscal policies which protect the wealthiest among us.  Dr. Rockeymoore has a long and successful career advocating for social change that strengthens rather than divides our nation. We are fortunate to have her leadership as Board Chair at this critical juncture in the history of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”  Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO

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