Lisa Ekman is Director of Government Affairs for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). In that capacity, she represents the organization to congress, the administration, and advocacy coalitions in matters of importance to people with disabilities pertaining to the Social Security disability programs, including advocating for improvements in the Social Security disability programs and to ensure that individuals with disabilities applying for Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI benefits have access to highly qualified representation and receive fair decisions. Prior to her current position, she was the Director of Federal Policy for Health & Disability Advocates, as well as President of Ekman Advocates for Progress, a disability policy consulting firm.
Lisa Ekman has been a disability rights advocate focused on improving the economic security of people with disabilities for nearly two decades, focusing on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, health care (including Medicare and Medicaid), employment programs, and long-term services and supports. Ms. Ekman 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 later went on to serve as a Policy Analyst for the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel. Ms. Ekman also served as a disability advisor to U.S. Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Tom Harkin, and Jim Jeffords on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. After her time on the 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.
Lisa also represents NOSSCR in the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, serving as Vice-Chair of its Board of Directors, as well as a co-chair of its Social Security, Fiscal Policy, and Ad Hoc Poverty Task Forces. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, American Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association. Ms. 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.