Elana Safran coordinates OES’s projects in the American Rescue Plan portfolio, as well as the health and aging portfolio. She has completed projects with the Veterans Administration to inform separating servicemembers about VA health care benefits, with the Social Security Administration to inform low-income adults 65 or older about Supplemental Security Income, and with the Department of Health and Human Services to inform pregnant women about the benefits of maternal immunizations. Prior to OES, she managed randomized evaluations in international development with Innovations for Poverty Action, and served as an Americorps VISTA fellow, supporting older adults in New York with Medicare and Medicaid benefits. In 2023-2024, she is doing a detail to the Office of Management and Budget to lead the Approaching Retirement Life Experience.

Elana Safran


Behavioral Scientist - Senior Portfolio Lead

Years active

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Agency collaborators

Defense, Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, Treasury, US Agency for International Development, Veterans Affairs