Ben Belton, Former Senior Advisor to the Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration, is the first recipient of the the Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr., Social Justice & Advocacy Award. Ben most recently served in the administration of President Barack Obama as a Senior Advisor to the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA). In that role, he oversaw the development and implementation of agency initiatives for older Americans and the national aging network.
Ben also worked very closely with the White House and other federal agencies on issues affecting older Americans. His commitment to aging issues was reflected in the integral role he played in planning for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and serving on the Conference’s Elder Justice Policy Committee. He has over ten years of experience working on aging issues, having also served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and on the 2008 Obama for America campaign, where he helped direct the campaign’s outreach to older voters. He has also served as a director on the board of the National Alliance for Caregiving, a member of the Eldercare Locator Advisory Committee and on the Dementia Friendly America National Council.
Ben completed his studies in Sociology at Bowie State University in Maryland.