Dr. Barbara A. Smith, Social Security Administration, Senior Economist
Co-Presenter Bio: Dr. Smith is a Senior Economist in the Social Security Administration's Office of Retirement Policy, where her research interests focus on the intersection of Social Security and financial education. Prior to joining the Social Security Administration, she was a Senior Supervisory Policy Analyst in the Consumer and Community Affairs Division of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Before working at the Federal Reserve Board, she established and directed the Financial Education Project at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France. Under her supervision, the Project produced the first major international study of financial education programs. She has also worked as a Senior Economist at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for leading projects on Social Security and pension issues. Dr. Smith has taught economics at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and worked as a research associate at Mathematica Policy Research and as a junior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.