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Barbara Silverstone: Executive Director

Ms. 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 Southern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Ms. Silverstone received her J.D. 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 and New Jersey, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the State and District Courts of New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Michael Linskey: Director of Political and Legislative Strategy

Michael Linskey is NOSSCR’s Director of Political and Legislative Strategy. Michael comes to us with almost 15 years of experience working on Capitol Hill and with membership organizations, most recently at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology (AACAP). As Deputy Director of Congressional and Political Affairs at AACAP, he developed and promoted their legislative agenda and created and managed the PAC. His recent accomplishments include: the passage of a landmark comprehensive mental health reform bill; passage of legislation enabling children’s psychiatric hospitals to receive Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education funds; and securing appropriations for a children’s psychiatric access hotline where pediatricians can consult directly with psychiatrists about their cases.

Stacy Cloyd: Director of Policy and Administrative Advocacy

Stacy Braverman Cloyd is NOSSCR’s Director of Policy and Administrative Advocacy, where she engages with NOSSCR members, legislative and executive branch staff; analyzes data for and helps draft NOSSCR’s written materials; and moderates conference general sessions.

Stacy is a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance and has spoken at National Disability Forums and on panels organized by the Social Security Advisory Board. Before coming to NOSSCR, she was a public benefits attorney at Bread for the City legal clinic in Washington DC, where she represented Social Security claimants and beneficiaries at all stages of appeals.

Stacy lives in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood of Washington, DC. She has two cats, enjoys hiking and volunteering, and was a one-day Jeopardy champion in 2010.


For all press inquiries or to speak with a NOSSCR spokesperson, please contact Faigy Gilder, Communications Director, at 845-682-1880 or Faigy.Gilder@nosscr.org.

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