The Honorable Dorcas R. Hardy  The Honorable Dorcas R. Hardy

Dorcas R. Hardy is the Principal of DRHardy & Associates, a government relations and public policy firm serving a diverse portfolio of clients in the health services, disability insurance, financial and association industries. The company advocates and provides effective solutions to disability and rehabilitation issues, strategies for the senior market, entitlement reform and retirement policies.

Ms. Hardy is a former U.S. Commissioner of Social Security where, as Chief Executive Officer of the nation's social insurance programs, she was responsible for providing monthly income to more than 40 million beneficiaries at an annual cost of  nearly $400 billion, with 67,000 employees. Previously she was Assistant Secretary for Human Development Services where she oversaw the U.S. Administration on Aging. Ms. Hardy has launched and hosted her own primetime, weekly television program, "Financing Your Future," on Financial News Network about financial decisions and economic policies practiced today which will impact Americans' financial futures. She also hosted "The Senior American" an NET political magazine program for older Americans.

She speaks and writes widely about domestic and global aging policies, from Social Security to long term care issues. She co-authored, with her father C. Colburn Hardy, Social Insecurity: The Crisis in America's Social Security System and How to Plan Now For Your Own Financial Survival, Random House/Villard. In 2005 she chaired the decennial White House Conference on Aging: The Booming Dynamics of Aging. She has been a contributor and reviewer for the American Stroke Association Stroke Connection magazine, and chaired the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Task Force on Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment which led to improved services for disabled veterans.

Ms. Hardy received her B.A. from Connecticut College, her M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and completed the Executive Program in Health Policy and Financial Management at Harvard University. She is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and serves on the Board of the new Home Care Standards Board and chairs the National Advisory Board of Early Board Alert, Inc., a healthcare communications technology firm. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Trustees of The Wright Investors Service Managed Funds, and formerly served on the Boards of First Coast Service Options, Inc., Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare contractor, and the Options Clearing Corporation, Chicago.  Ms. Hardy is appointed by the Speaker of the House to the Social Security Advisory Board and by the Governor of Virginia to the Board of Visitors of the University of Mary Washington.

She and her husband, Samuel V. Spagnolo, M.D., reside in the Fredericksburg, VA area.

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