Eileen P. Sweeney
Eileen P. Sweeney died on June 13, 2006 of complications of breast cancer. Read her obituary in the Washington Post, "Stalwart Advocate for Children, The Disabled".
During her time at the Center, Sweeney served as a Senior Fellow, and a nationally recognized expert on issues affecting people with disabilities in the federal welfare program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
Prior to becoming a senior fellow, she directed the Center’s State Low-Income Initiatives Project, working on TANF issues in the states. Sweeney was formerly the director of government affairs at the Children's Defense Fund for six years. She also was a legal services attorney at the National Senior Citizens Law Center for 11 years and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago for three years. At NSCLC, she specialized in Social Security and SSI issues. She received the Reginald Heber Smith Award for her work on behalf of low-income people from the National Aid and Defender Association in 1985. She was appointed by the Commissioner of Social Security to serve on the SSI Modernization Panel in the early 1990’s and was a member of the panel at the National Academy of Social Insurance studying disability and work. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.