Kilolo Kijakazi (PhD, Public Policy, The George Washington University) is the acting commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). Dr. Kijazaki arrived at SSA in 2021 with a wealth of policy experience and specialized knowledge in economic security, social insurance policy, and retirement policy. Prior to joining SSA, Dr. Kijazaki served as an institute fellow at the Urban Institute, where she developed collaborative partnerships to expand and strengthen the Institute’s rigorous research agenda, and conducted research in economic security, structural racism, and the racial wealth gap. Previously, Dr. Kijazaki was a program officer at the Ford Foundation, focusing on building economic security and incorporating the expertise of people of color into all aspects of the work. She also held positions at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, and the National Urban League.