Joel Eskovitz is a senior policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute, focusing on Social Security and retirement security.
Prior to joining AARP, Joel spent nearly six years at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he served as deputy staff director and chief counsel. Joel led the Committee’s financial team, exploring all economic issues impacting the nation’s seniors, including Social Security, pensions, older workers, financial fraud and consumer protection. He planned and organized more than 25 hearings on issues ranging from improving retirement security of small business workers to payday lending to Social Security solvency and services. He helped write and produce Committee reports on financial fraud and Social Security field office closures.
Joel has also worked at the Social Security Administration, where he examined disability policy; the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where he worked on housing discrimination; and the Texas House Research Organization, where he focused on tax and transportation issues.
During the first five years of his career, Joel was a reporter for The Associated Press and Scripps Howard News Service, covering a variety of government and aging issues in Florida, Wisconsin and Arizona. He holds a juris doctor from the George Washington University Law School and a bachelor of arts in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University. Joel is a member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar.