Kathleen Romig

Kathleen Romig

Michigan State University

University College Cork (UCC)


Kathleen Romig is the Director of Social Security & Disability Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Her work focuses on Social Security, including the debate over Disability Insurance reform. She worked previously for the Social Security Administration. She is also leader of the DC chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Kathleen is a 2002 Mitchell Scholar and received a Master's Degree in Applied Social Studies from University College Cork. For her thesis on pensions, Kathleen had to both design and execute a bespoke research program, a process she has replicated many times since in her work for the Social Security Administration. Several of the people she interviewed from Cork are now her colleagues in Washington DC.

For Kathleen, the social security program gives members of society an opportunity to look out for one another whilst also encouraging people to contribute and take care of themselves. Her thinking is informed by her studies in Ireland. In addition to her many years experience at the SSA, she also worked at the Department of Agriculture and the Office of Management and Budget meaning Kathleen is very well placed to take a leading role in designing the social security policy of the future.

Kathleen obtained her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.