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Barbara Silverstone: Executive Director
Silverstone became the Executive Director of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives in 2013. She previously served as the staff attorney for NOSSCR for more than 20 years, during which she maintained a database of research material to provide assistance to NOSSCR members handling difficult Social Security disability cases, kept members informed about important court decisions and SSA policy changes, and worked with officials from SSA to implement policies that make the application process run more smoothly. As Executive Director, she will build on this experience to lead the organization's research and advocacy efforts.
She is a frequent speaker at NOSSCR conferences and at other Social Security seminars, as well as at conferences for individuals' concerned about specific medical conditions. She has written several chapters in Matthew Bender’s Social Security Practice Guide and numerous articles on Social Security disability. She is on the board of the Social Security Section of the Federal Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, Southern District of New York chapter.
Silverstone received her Juris Doctor degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice in the state of New York, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the state and district courts of New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lisa Ekman: Director of Government Affairs
Ekman has more than 16 years of experience working to improve economic security for people with disabilities, focusing on SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare and Medicaid, employment programs, and long-term services and supports. She started her disability policy career as a Presidential Management Intern at the Social Security Administration, where she worked on the development and implementation of the Ticket to Work Program. She has worked as a staff member to the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel, and as disability policy advisor to Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Tom Harkin, and James Jeffords on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. After her time on Capitol Hill, she served as a Senior Policy Analyst in Legislative Affairs for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities before returning to school to earn her law degree. Directly prior to joining NOSSCR, she served as the Director of Federal Policy for Health & Disability Advocates. She has also provided disability policy consulting services to NOSSCR, the American Association of People with Disabilities, Axiom Resource Management, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Ekman received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University, her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver, and a Bachelors in Communications from Northwestern University.
Stacy Cloyd: Deputy Director of Government Affairs
In her role at NOSSCR, Cloyd advocates for laws, regulations, policies, and public perceptions that preserve and strengthen Social Security.
Prior to working at NOSSCR, Ms. Cloyd was an attorney at Bread for the City, a nonprofit legal clinic in Washington, DC, where she represented low-income individuals in a variety of pre- and post-eligibility Social Security and other public benefits matters, as well as rental housing cases. She also served as the senior domestic policy analyst at Bread for the World Institute, an anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocacy organization.
Ms. Cloyd graduated from Smith College and received her law degree and a Master's degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland (inactive), and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.