Latinos for a Secure Retirement Statement: Abigail Zapote Leaves LSR for Biden Administration


Washington, DC –  Abigail Zapote has left her position as LSR Executive Director to join the Biden Administration. 

Her title: Senior Advisor, Office of the Commissioner, Social Security Administration 

In early March 2021, Abigail Zapote joined the Social Security Administration as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Commissioner at the Social Security Administration. Abigail served as the Executive Director of Latinos for a Secure Retirement, with a visionary purpose, for more than four years. Her experience as a fierce advocate for financial security at all ages, expertise in retirement policy, and a keen understanding of vulnerable communities make her an excellent candidate for this appointment. She is a tireless advocate, organizer, and community steward who is ready to undertake the challenges posed by the pandemic and financial insecurity that follows Americans, most specifically, people of color and people with disabilities into retirement. 

“Her extraordinary work ethic and dedication to the community can be seen throughout all her work with LSR,” said Board Member Nancy Altman (President of Social Security Works).  “Abigail galvanized community conversations and support for Social Security through cafecitos (coffee chats) and provided the Latino community with resources as they prepared for all aspects of their financial future or as she refers, las varias etapas de la vida. The Biden administration is fortunate to gain such a talented, hardworking, and compassionate leader.” 

Through her time at LSR, Abigail brought together Latino leaders, young policy leaders, Members of Congress and like-minded organizations to support the importance of social security, retirement planning and retirement readiness. She developed curriculum to ensure education efforts included first-generation Latinos and developed partnerships to ensure Latino elders have the tools to acquire equitable access to benefits and services at the local, state and national level. Abigail also supported, advocated and provided resources for caregivers in webinars and LSR workshops.

Her knowledge of Social Security policy, involvement in civil rights and lived-experience as an undocumented immigrant give her the abilities and experience to serve in her new role as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner. We are all proud of her accomplishments and will continue to support and applaud her work. The Social Security Administration has gained an expert and the Latino can now count with a tireless advocate working to help those dependent now, or in the future, on social security. 

We thank Abigail for all her hard work and dedication. We encourage everyone to join us in congratulating Abigail in this new opportunity!

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Latinos for A Secure Retirement is a national organization. Its mission is to safeguard the economic security of those dependent, now or in the future, on Social Security. We seek to protect and improve the economic security of disadvantaged and at-risk Hispanic populations in the United States. To learn more, visit www.latinoretirement.org or follow @LatinosRetire on social media.

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