NOSSCR Hires Stephen Gardner as New CEO

NOSSCR Hires Stephen Gardner as New CEO

Announcement with headshot of Stephen Gardner, new CEO for NOSSCR

Washington, D.C. (April 5, 2023) – The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) has appointed Stephen Gardner as the association’s new CEO.  Gardner brings 26 years’ experience from a wide range of leadership roles in trade associations, a global nonprofit, and a communications consulting firm. Before being named NOSSCR’s permanent CEO, Gardner served as the organization’s Interim CEO. His previous roles include Interim President and CEO at the International Safety Equipment Association and Chief Operating Officer at the Corn Refiners Association. Gardner’s additional experience includes key executive and communications-focused positions at Crosby-Volmer International Communications, US Pharmacopeia, The Aluminum Association, and American Chemistry Council.  

Gardner holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Louisiana and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maine.

About the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives 

The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) is a specialized bar association for attorneys and advocates who represent Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claimants throughout the adjudicative process. Since 1979, NOSSCR has been providing continuing legal education to its thousands of members and public policy advocacy on behalf of its members and the people with disabilities they represent.

The mission of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) is to advocate for improvements in Social Security disability programs and to ensure that individuals with disabilities applying for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits have access to highly qualified representation and receive fair decisions.

About Sterling Martin Associates 

Sterling Martin Associates (SMA) is a leading specialty national search firm conducting chief executive-level searches for associations and nonprofit organizations. SMA has built an outstanding reputation by providing impeccable service to its clients and by placing exceptional talent in associations and nonprofits. Based primarily in Washington, DC, SMA has offices in New York, Chicago, Orange County, CA, and Portland, OR.

Since founding the firm in 2006 with a mission to combine his search expertise with nonprofit board experience, David Martin now leads a highly experienced, diverse team of 15, combining in-depth client analysis with the latest search technologies to create effective, personalized searches. Since the day he founded the firm, David has personally taken a leadership role with every search, for every client.