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Chantel Boyens
Principal Policy Associate
Income and Benefits Policy Center

Chantel Boyens is a principal policy associate in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her current work focuses on interactions between Social Security programs and retirement, pension, disability, and paid leave policy.

Before joining Urban, Boyens was acting branch chief and senior program examiner in the Income Maintenance Branch of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 2005 to 2014. She led a team of examiners responsible for policy analysis and oversight of retirement, disability, and income security programs in the Social Security Administration, the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, and the US Treasury.

As a senior program examiner at OMB, she was the lead analyst for Social Security and retirement policy. She worked on policies related to Social Security and retirement savings that were included in the Budget Control Act and the annual president’s budget requests. In 2012, she was detailed to the US Senate Budget Committee to assist in development of the budget resolution, focusing on income security and health care programs.

Boyens holds an MPP from American University.

Research Areas
Wealth and financial well-being
Aging and retirement
Social safety net
Taxes and budgets
Disability equity policy
Retirement policy