Governor's Task Force on Alzheimer's (Disease) Prevention and Preparedness
About The Task Force
We are living in a time of historic demographic change, and California has the largest aging population in the nation. As Governor Newsom stated in his first State of the State Address, “The Golden State is getting greyer. We need to get ready for the major demographic challenge headed our way.”
California has the largest aging population in the nation. We are living in a time of historic demographic change.
By 2030, the U.S. Census Bureau has estimated that approximately one in five Californians will be 65 or older. The population aged 60 years and over in California is expected to grow more than three times as fast as the total population in the state. As the population grows, it will also grow diverse, with different populations having different needs.
These statistics remind us how important it is to tackle the policy, economic, and health challenges for those with age-related brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and for those who love and care for them.
The purpose of this task force is to present recommendations to the governor on how local communities, private organizations, businesses, government, and families can prevent and prepare for the rise in the number of cases of Alzheimer’s Disease and all its consequences – and to navigate a path forward to combat this disease in a time of historic demographic change.
Task Force Members
Governor Newsom and Maria Shriver will act as co-chairs for this Task Force. They are excited to announce the following members:
1. Marcy Adelman
Dr. Marcy Adelman is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and is the co-founder of Openhouse, a resource that helps LBGT seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area overcome challenges they might face as they age by providing housing, direct services and community programs. Marcy Adelman is a pioneer in the field of lesbian and gay aging. For over 30 years, she has worked to make visible the lives, concerns and contributions of LGBT elders, and is a leading advocate for quality LGBT elder care and policies that safeguard equal treatment. Marcy and her late partner Jeannette Gurevitch founded Openhouse in 1998 to address the housing and service needs of LGBT elders. Marcy established collaborative relationships with providers and agencies to educate and eventually train them in how to make their services and agencies more inclusive and more responsive to the needs of the LGBT community. Marcy’s continues to serve as an advisor to the organization, as well as involved in city, state and national advocacy work on LGBT senior issues. Previously she served on the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. Currently, she serves on the Dignity Fund Oversight and Advisory Committee for the City and County of San Francisco; the Advisory Council to the Department of Aging and Adult Service Commission; the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Nevada’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee; and is a Senior Advisor to SAGE on LGBT Aging and Dementia.
2. Maria Aranda
María P. Aranda is an associate professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, the executive director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging and the director of outreach, recruitment and engagement core of the USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She holds a joint appointment with the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and is a psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience. Aranda has been providing mental health services to middle-aged and older adults and their families. She is well-known among community leaders for establishing model support programs such as the El Portal Latino Alzheimer’s Project, Programa Esperanza, and Siempre Viva for individuals and families in East Los Angeles affected by depression and Alzheimer’s disease. She focuses on psychosocial intervention development, and evaluation of bilingual, evidence-based interventions on behalf of adults with chronic medical conditions and disabilities. Maria currently serves on NASEM’s committee for care interventions for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. She is also an expert on the Caregiving Advisory Panel for AARP and a fellow of The Gerontological Society of America, the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.
Twitter: @USCRoybal ; @USC_ADReasearch
3. Dr. Keith Black
Keith L. Black, MD, serves as Chairman and Professor of the Department of Neurosurgery, Director of Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, and Director of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. An internationally renowned neurosurgeon and scientist, Dr. Black joined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July 1997 and was awarded the Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neurosciences in November of that year. In 2018, he was recognized with the Cedars-Sinai Pioneer in Medicine award. Dr. Black’s pioneering research on designing ways to open the blood-brain barrier, enabling chemotherapeutic drugs to be delivered directly into the tumor received the Jacob Javits award from the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council of the National Institutes of Health in June of 2000. Dr. Black and patients undergoing the first clinical trials of the drug, RMP-7, were profiled in 1996 on the PBS program, The New Explorers, in an episode called Outsmarting the Brain. He was featured on the cover of Time magazine in the Fall 1997 special edition of Heroes in Medicine. Dr. Black’s other groundbreaking research includes developing a vaccine to enhance the body’s immune response to brain tumors, use of gene arrays to develop molecular profiles of tumors, use of optical technology for brain mapping, use of focused microwave energy to non-invasively destroy brain tumors, and use of fluorescence spectroscopy in identifying tumor tissue during surgery. Another aspect of Dr. Black’s research is the development of noninvasive optical imaging for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. He is also investigating the potential benefits of lifestyle changes and supplements in improving brain health. Dr. Black has served on various national committees, including the National Institutes of Health’s Board of Scientific Counselors for Neurological Disorders and Stroke and National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council. He was selected as a committee member of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Independent Citizens Oversight Committee from 2004 to 2006 and is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Neurosurgical Society of America, Academy of Neurological Surgery, and is a Founding Member of the North American Skull Base Society. Dr. Black has a unique ability to combine cutting-edge research with an extremely busy surgical practice. Since 1987, he has performed more than 8,000 operations for resection of brain tumors. Dr. Black has had a keen interest in science since childhood. At age 17, he published his first scientific paper, which earned the Westinghouse Science Award. Dr. Black has published more than 300 peer reviewed scientific papers and in March 2009, he published his biography “Brain Surgeon: A Doctor’s Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles”. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Black served on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) faculty for 10 years where he was Professor of Neurosurgery. In 1992, he was awarded the Ruth and Raymond Stotter Chair in the Department of Surgery and was head of the UCLA Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program. He completed an accelerated college program at the University of Michigan and earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees in six years. He completed his internship in general surgery and residency in neurological surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.
4. Susan Bokheimer
Dr. Susan Bookheimer is the Joaquin M. Fuster Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is a clinical neuropsychologist with a broad interest in the study of human cognition in relation to brain structure, function, and pathology, and her experimental expertise includes structural and functional MRI (fMRI), positron emission tomography, and intraoperative electrocortical stimulation mapping, as well as classical neuropsychological approaches. She has special interests in epilepsy, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease. Her recent work focuses on understanding the neural basis of social communication deficits in autism using fMRI, encompassing both verbal and nonverbal communication, and focusing on emotional aspects of social comprehension. Dr. Bookheimer serves as the principal investigator of the UCLA Autism Center of Excellence grant, with UCLA being one of the only centers for three consecutive grant cycles due to its scientific excellence. She also serves as the principal investigator at the UCLA Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. She has published more than 215 articles in the field of neurological and neurodevelopmental disabilities and has been a leader in the field of autism neuroimaging.
5. Kathleen Brown
Kathleen Brown is the former California State treasurer with nearly two decades of experience as a senior bank executive. Brown concentrates on business counseling, government and regulatory affairs in connection with the healthcare, energy, real estate and financial services industries. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Stanford Center on Longevity. Previously, Kathleen served in senior executive positions at Goldman Sachs Inc. and Bank of America. At Goldman Sachs, her roles included chairman of Midwest investment banking and head of the Western region public-sector and infrastructure group, Kathleen participated in over $4.2 billion of water and power bond financing and counseled municipal utilities in California in their efforts to meet the state’s renewable energy standards. She also helped healthcare institutions navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by healthcare reform. A former Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee, Kathleen has extensive experience in the public sector. As California State treasurer, she managed a $25 billion bond portfolio, oversaw a $32 billion cash management fund and served as a trustee on the boards of CalPERS and CalSTRS, two of the largest pension funds in the nation. Kathleen served as co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors; co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Capital Budgeting; a commissioner of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works; and a two-term member of the Los Angeles Board of Education. Prior to her campaign for treasurer, Kathleen was an attorney at a global law firm, where she was a member of the capital markets group working in public and corporate finance.
6. Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and New York Times bestselling author. He discovered the five places in the world – dubbed blue zones hotspots – where people live the longest, healthiest lives. His articles about these places in The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic are two of the most popular for both publications. Buettner now works in partnership with municipal governments, large employers, and health insurance companies to implement Blue Zones Projects in communities, workplaces, and universities. Blue Zones Projects are well-being initiatives that apply lessons from the Blue Zones to entire communities by focusing on changes to the local environment, public policy, and social networks. The program has dramatically improved the health of more than 5 million Americans to date. His books, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, and The Blue Zones of Happiness were all national bestsellers. Buettner has appeared on The Today Show, Oprah, NBC Nightly News, and Good Morning America, and has keynote speeches at TEDMED, Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative, and Google Zeitgeist. His speech in January 2018 at the World Economic Forum in Davos was chosen as “one of the best of Davos.” Buettner also holds three Guinness World Records in distance cycling.
7. Dr. Wynnelena Canio
Dr. Wynnelena Canio is a geriatrician in Santa Rosa, California and is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine.
8. Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter is the founder and Chief Executive Officer at EngAGE, a nonprofit organization that provides services such as arts, wellness, community building and intergenerational programs to seniors and families living in affordable senior and multi-generational apartment communities in California, Oregon, and Minnesota. Previously, he catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, the first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs, and the flagship model for multiple subsequent EngAGE communities. He is also host/producer of Experience Talks, “a radio magazine for the experienced listener,”. He has been invited to speak internationally in Canada, Scotland, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In 2008, he was elected an Ashoka Fellow for his work as a social entrepreneur, and in 2011 he received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. Most recently he was awarded the Stanton Fellowship for 2016-17 by the Durfee Foundation and named one of Next Avenue’s 2016 Influencers in Aging.
9. Susan DeMarois
Since 2013, Susan DeMarois has directed state government affairs for the national Alzheimer’s Association. In California, the Association is organized under two regions with 21 local offices serving individuals and families statewide. As a registered lobbyist in Sacramento, Susan advocates for legislative, budget and regulatory changes at the state capitol on behalf of the 2.3 million Californians directly impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. At the state level, the Alzheimer’s Association has secured key legislative victories in dementia training, physician education and Alzheimer’s research, raising more than $26 million to-date through the voluntary tax check-off fund. This year, the organization led the effort to implement the Healthy Brain Initiative in California, resulting in a $5 million investment in the state’s public health infrastructure. The Alzheimer’s Association led development of California’s State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease: An Action Plan for 2011 – 2021 and served on the California Task Force on Family Caregiving in 2017/2018. Currently, Susan serves on the California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary’s Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee as well as the state’s Olmstead Advisory Committee. The Association actively participates in the California Aging and Disability Alliance (CADA) and the California Collaborative for Long-term Services and Supports. Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Susan led government and community relations for the University of California health and clinical affairs supporting the work of academic medical centers, schools of medicine/nursing and physician groups. A graduate of CSU Chico, Susan started her career working for the U.S. Congress and California State Assembly. Susan resides in Sacramento, CA and draws inspiration for her work from her own family’s experience with dementia.
Twitter: @californiaalz; @alzassociation; @alzimpact
Instagram: @alzassociation; @alzimpact
Facebook: @actionalz; @alzimpact
10. Josh Fryday
Josh Fryday was appointed California’s Chief Service Officer by Governor Newsom in July, and will be leading Cal Volunteers. Fryday is the former Mayor of Novato, his hometown. He has also served as President of Golden State Opportunity (GSO), working to provide financial security to millions of low-income working people in California. Prior to GSO, he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for NextGen Climate, a leading national organization focused on climate change and clean energy.Fryday also served in the military as an Officer in the United States Navy (‘09-‘13) as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). He served overseas in Yokosuka, Japan, where in addition to his legal duties, he augmented the Navy’s 7th Fleet’s Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief efforts during ‘Operation Tomodachi’ following the March 11th earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. He was also stationed in the Office of Military Commissions, working on the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detainee cases, and testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the closing of Guantanamo. Josh received his law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law. He clerked in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California as well as the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for the District Attorney Kamala Harris. He also received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors. He later served on the UC Berkeley Alumni Board of Directors (06-09), where he co-founded the Equity Scholarship to increase diversity on the UC Berkeley Campus. He is a former fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and a former Term-Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He currently serves as Board Chair for Demos, a national think-tank focused on issues of democracy and economic equality.
11. Dr. Oanh Le Meyer
Oanh Meyer, Ph.D., MAS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She also leads the Research Education Component at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Dr. Meyer received her PhD in social psychology and her Masters in Advanced Study in Clinical Research at UC Davis. Her current research interests include culturally appropriate dementia caregiving interventions, social determinants of cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, and geographic disparities in cognitive and mental health for older adults. Dr. Meyer has a particular interest in reducing Alzheimer’s disease-related disparities for older adults and their family caregivers. She has been continuously funded by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association for her work on dementia caregiving.
Twitter: @MeyerOanh/ @UCDavisHealth
12. Pam Montana and Bob Linscheid
Pam Montana and Bob Linscheid are advocates for funding and raising awareness of the Alzheimer’s epidemic, especially as it affects women. A retired Intel executive, Pam has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Bob is her caretaker. Pam is a volunteer peer mentor with the Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter. Last year, she and Bob participated in four of the association’s fundraising walks, pulling in $50,000 for research. She has also joined advocates across the country to lobby Congress for more funding for Alzheimer’s research through the National Institutes of health.
13. David Lubarsky
David Lubarsky, is the vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer for UC Davis Health. As vice chancellor he oversees UC Davis Health’s academic, research and clinical programs, including the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, the community network, and UC Davis Medical Center. Since joining UC Davis Health in July 2018, Lubarsky has re-energized the health system. Among the new initiatives, Lubarsky established a partnership with Sacramento County Health Services to expand primary and specialty care to the underserved, reform the managed care system, and to address the crisis in mental illness and homelessness. He is a UC Davis professor of anesthesiology, nursing and business. Before joining UC Davis, Lubarsky spent six years as chief medical officer and systems integration officer at the University of Miami Health System, pioneering the current integrated structure as the first CEO of the system’s 1,100 physician practice. Lubarsky has also served as a professor and vice chair at Duke University and adjunct professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He’s one of the top 100 published anesthesiologists in America, with several articles defined as landmark contributions. Lubarsky earned his Bachelor of Arts in history (1980) and medical degree (1984) at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed an anesthesia residency and a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia and clinical research at New York University Medical Center. He received his M.B.A. (1999) from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, graduating at the top of his class.
14. Lauren Miller Rogen
Lauren Miller Rogen is a screenwriter, actress, director and co founder for Hilarity for Charity-a stand up comedy special to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s. Her mother suffers from younger-onset Alzheimer’s. Rogen co-founded the nonprofit Hilarity for Charity with her husband, actor Seth Rogen. Hilarity for Charity is a movement that aims to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease with young people. Since it began in 2012, Hilarity for Charity has raised more than $6.5 million to help families coping with Alzheimer’s and support medical advances in the field.
Instagram: @laurenmillerroge; @hilarityforcharity
15. Doug Moore
Doug Moore is the Executive Director of the United Domestic Workers of America, a union that aims to support home care workers. The union allows home care workers to fight for better working conditions, with one of their most notable accomplishments being the creation of California’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) in 1973. The United Domestic Workers of America represents over 100,000 in-home care providers across California. Moore served as a caregiver to his father who lived with dementia.
16. Graciela Moreno
Graciela Moreno currently co-anchors the weekday editions of Action News at Six and Action News at 6:30 for ABC 30 Fresno. Graciela also produces and hosts Latino Life, a half-hour weekly program that focuses on the issues and people making an impact in the Latino community. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State University, Stanislaus and is a three-time Emmy award winner.
17. Dr. Howard Rosen
Dr. Howard Rosen is a behavioral neurologist at UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Dr. Rosen’s primary research interest is in the effects that atypical neurodegenerative diseases, in particular frontotemporal dementia, have on the brain, especially the emotional systems. His current projects use psychophysiology and imaging to examine how these diseases affect self-awareness, and to determine how imaging and other biological markers can be used to track and to anticipate how these diseases affect the brain over time. He is also director of education and outreach for the education core in UCSF’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. As part of the MAC and the UCSF Department of Neurology, he participates in the training of medical students, residents and fellows, and participates in the evaluation of new patients in the MAC clinic as well as the continued management of care for some of these individuals in the continuity clinic. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, trained in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and subsequently completed a neurology residency at UCSF. After residency, Dr. Rosen pursued fellowship training in brain imaging at the Washington University School of Medicine, and then returned to UCSF to join the team at the Memory and Aging Center (MAC) in 1999.
18. Lily Sarafan
Lily Sarafan is President and CEO of Home Care Assistance, where she has led the company from startup to sector leader with more than 7,000 employees across 170 markets. HCA combines high-touch care and wellness insights to enable happier, healthier aging at home. The company is recognized as a best-in-class provider, and Lily as a featured expert on consumer health and the future of aging at the White House and global conferences. Lily is also a board member, investor and advisor for innovative companies, serving as a board director for Thumbtack and Counsyl through its sale to Myriad Genetics. Her board service extends to high-impact nonprofits including the Stanford Alumni Association, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs, the BerkeleyHaas Center for Innovation Economies, and the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. She is a Founding Partner of Project BIG: The Stanford Brain Immune Gut Initiative, and serves in leadership roles to advance precision health, economic development, and civic engagement. Lily holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University, where she was Eben Tisdale Fellow and Class President. She has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Health Care Executives Woman of the Year, and a Silicon Valley 40 Under 40. Lily is a Member of Young Presidents’ Organization, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Twitter: @lilysarafan; @HCAssistance
19. Dr. Sharon Sha
Dr. Sha is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University where she serves as the Medical Director of the Stanford Neuroscience Clinical Trials Group, Co-Director of the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence and Ataxia Clinic, Co-Director of the Lewy Body Disease Association Research Center of Excellence, Clinical Core Co-Leader of the Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and Director of the Behavioral Neurology Fellowship. Her clinical time is devoted to caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Her research is devoted to finding treatments for cognitive disorders. Her recent work focused on the safety of young plasma for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Sha received a Master’s degree in Physiology and an MD from Georgetown University, followed by Neurology training at UCLA and Stanford University. She completed a clinical and research fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at UCSF, where she focused on identifying biomarkers for genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia and caring for patients with movement disorders with cognitive impairment.
20. Todd A. Shetter
Todd Shetter serves as the Chief Operating Officer of ActivCare Living, a company that focuses on providing seniors with memory choice options and enhancing the lives of those who suffer from memory loss. With more than 28 years of experience in the senior housing and health care industry, Shetter is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the company’s residential memory care communities, managing personnel and maximizing revenues with a specific focus on marketing efforts. He is a licensed Nursing Home and Residential Care Facility Administrator. An active advocate for senior housing and assisted living in California, he serves as the Chair for the California Assisted Living Association Board of Directors. Shetter has also served on the Board of Directors of Senior Community Centers of San Diego and as Board Chair of the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers. Shetter graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in Public Relations and Sociology.
21. George Shultz
George Pratt Shultz is an American economist, statesman, and businessman. Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and in the world of business. He is one of two individuals who have held four different federal cabinet posts; he has taught at three of this country’s great universities. and for eight years he was president of a major engineering and construction company. Previously he served as a senior staff economist on President Eisenhower’s Council of Economic Advisers, secretary of labor by President Nixon, secretary of the Treasury, Shultz also served as chairman of the Council on Economic Policy, where he negotiated a series of trade protocols with the Soviet Union, and represented the United States at the Tokyo meeting on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the chairman of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board and secretary of state. After leaving office, he joined stanford as a professor of international economics at the Graduate School of Business. Shultz was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He is also a recipient of the Seoul Peace Prize, the West Point Sylvanus Thayer Award, the Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service, the Reagan Distinguished American Award, and the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training’s Ralph Bunche Award for Diplomatic Excellence. The George Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, was dedicated in a ceremony on May 29, 2002. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Distinguished Citizen Award and the first Economic Club of New York Award for Leadership Excellence. In addition, Shultz has established himself as a published author throughout his career.
Twitter: @HooverInst; @StanfordGSB
Instagram: @hooverinstitution; @stanfordgsb
22. Adele M. Hayutin
Adele Hayutin is Senior Research Scholar and Director of Demographic Analysis at the Stanford Center on Longevity. She directs the Center’s collaborative research and public discourse on the challenges of global and regional population aging and she provides demographic analysis for the Center’s three divisions. During a twenty-year career as a business economist, she specialized in issues and trends affecting business investment strategy. She currently focuses on economic and policy implications of demographic change and is a leader in the field of comparative demographics. She combines broad knowledge of the underlying data with the ability to translate that data into practical, easy to understand language and implications. She has developed a comparative international perspective that highlights demographic differences across countries and illustrates the unprecedented pace of critical demographic changes. She uses a similar comparative approach for illustrating national and regional trends. Before joining the Stanford Center on Longevity in January 2007, she was chief economist of the Fremont Group (formerly Bechtel Investments), senior real estate analyst at Salomon Brothers in New York, and director of research at RREEF in San Francisco. Hayutin received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Master’s in Public Policy and Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley.
23. April Verrett
April Verrett serves as President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 2015 – the nation’s largest long term care union representing more than 385,000 home care and nursing home workers throughout California. Prior to being President, April served as an Executive Vice President of Local 2015 and was instrumental in its creation when long term care workers throughout California united for greater strength. Prior to Local 2015, April served as Executive Vice President of SEIU, Healthcare Illinois and Indiana (HCII). HCII is the largest union of healthcare workers in the Midwest, representing 92,000 hospital, nursing home, home care workers and child care providers across Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas. April is also a member of the SEIU International Executive Board and serves on SEIU’s Racial Justice Center, Organizing Committee, and Together We Rise Oversight Committee. As a labor leader and activist, April has spent most of her career helping workers form unions to ensure that their voices are heard and respected. April is a tireless advocate for working people, driven by the belief that “unions give workers a platform to fight for more than wages, benefits and working conditions, but also around everything that matters in our members’ lives and their communities.”
Twitter: @aprildverrett; @SEIU2015
24. Kristine Yaffe
Kristine Yaffe is a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Epidemiology at UCSF. She also serves as the Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair and Vice Chair of Research in Psychiatry at UCSF. In addition to her position at UCSF, Dr. Yaffe is the Chief of Neuropsychiatry and the Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Yaffe’s research focuses on the epidemiology of cognitive aging and dementia. As the principal investigator of multiple grants from the NIH, Department of Defense, and several foundations, she is a leading expert in the modifiable risk factors of dementia. Dr. Yaffe served as the Co-Chair of the United States’ Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Cognitive Aging which released a report in 2015 entitled, “Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action”. She is a member of the Beeson Scientific Advisory Board and the Global Council on Brain Health. Dr. Yaffe has received several awards for her distinguished, scholarly work, including the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Distinguished Scientist Award and the American Academy of Neurology’s Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer’s Research.