The cover of a 1935 pamphlet in support of Congressman Ernest Lundeen's social insurance bill, which ultimately lost to the more conservative social security legislation. A complete gallery of photos and posters is coming soon.


Nancy J. Altman - Author of 'The Battle for Social Security: From FDR's Vision to Bush's Gamble Nancy J. Altman has a thirty-five year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. She is the co-director of Social Security Works and the co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition, which is comprised of over 320 of the nation's leading national and state seniors', union, women's, disability, civil rights, and other organizations. She is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR's Vision to Bush's Gamble (John Wiley & Sons, 2005).

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 chairs the Board of Directors of the Pension Rights Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of beneficiary rights. She is also on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a membership organization of over 800 of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. 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 an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Professional Publications

In addition to current opinion pieces that Nancy J. Altman has written, her work has appeared in numerous publications in the past.
  • "Government Regulation: Enhancing the Equity, Adequacy and Security of Private Pensions," in Private Pensions and Public Policy, Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (1992).
  • "The Anti-Discrimination Rules (Including Integration): Do They Make Sense? What are Alternatives?" - ALI-ABA, Pension Invitational (1991).
  • Written Statement on Private Pension Policy, Hearing on Private Pensions before the Committee on Small Business, U.S. House of Representatives.
  • "ERISA and the American Retirement Income System," (with Theodore R. Marmor), 7 Journal of American Tax Policy 31 (1988).
  • "The Effect of Pension Provisions on Work Effort in 2013," Proceedings of the Future of Retirement Symposium (1988).
  • "The Reconciliation of Retirement Security and Tax Policies: A Response to Professor Graetz," 136 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1419 (1988).
  • "Medicare Financing: The Government's Share," (with Alicia Munnell and James M. Verdier), in The Future of Medicare, Oxford University Press (1988).
  • Wilbur Cohen: A Man of Justice - Editorial column, The Austin American Statesman (1987)
  • "The Noncovered Worker: What are the Alternatives?" ALI-ABA, Pension Invitational (1987).
  • "Rethinking Retirement Income Policies: Nondiscrimination, Integration and the Quest for Worker Security," 42 Tax Law Review 433 (1987).
  • Fifty Years of Social Security Achievement - Editorial column, The Boston Globe (1985)
  • Written Statement on Retirement Income Policy, Hearings on Retirement Income Security in the United States, before the Subcommittee on Social Security and the Subcommittee on Oversight of the Committee on Ways and Means, at 284 (99th Cong., 1st Sess.).
  • "Influencing Retirement Behavior: A Further Analysis," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management Vol. 3 No. 3 (Spring, 1984).