Robert M. Ball served on the six-member Advisory Council on Social Security from 1994-1996. He was the U.S. Commissioner of Social Security from 1962-1973 and is the founding chair of the
National Academy of Social Insurance.
Mary Jo Bane served under President Clinton as assistant
secretary for children and families in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1993-1996. She is currently the Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy school of government and is the co-author of Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty, & Welfare Reform.
Benjamin Barber is the Gershon and Carrol Kekst Professor of Civil Society at the University of Maryland and a principal of the Democracy Collaborative, with offices in New York, Washington, and the University of Maryland. He is the author of many books, including Jihad vs. McWorld, Fear's Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy and the forthcoming Consumed: The Fate of Citizens under Capitalism Triumpant.