We’re a team that believes in honoring our past and securing our future.
We are a community of older adults, caregivers, advocates, and more. What brings us together is our commitment to ensuring that every older person has the opportunity to live his/her best life. We understand that aging impacts all of us, whether you are a grandparent raising a grandchild or an adult child acting as the primary caregiver to your aging parent. Successful aging matters to all of us—it’s why we do what we do. Scroll through our profiles to learn why we are aging advocates.
Staff and Contributing Bloggers
Lauren Pongan is the National Director for the Diverse Elders Coalition.
As a first-generation student of two immigrant parents, Ocean has experienced the linguistic and cultural challenges that many diverse older adults face today. He hopes to combine his knowledge and experience to help change public perception on aging.
Nina has trained healthcare providers, law enforcement, court personnel and social service providers on how to best support individuals who are diverse in race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender, language and lived experiences in trauma-informed and culturally-responsive ways. As someone who watched her mom step into a caregiving role for her grandmother, Nina holds a deep appreciation of the rewards and challenges of family caregiving.
Dr. Cruz’s primary focus is to increase policy-maker and public understanding of the needs impacting Hispanics and disenfranchised sectors of our society, and to encourage the adoption of programs and policies that equitably serve everyone.
Michael Adams is the Chief Executive Officer of Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE). He has taught law school courses on sexual orientation and gender identity and has served on advisory councils for AARP, the American Society on Aging, and the New York City Department for the Aging.
Quyen grew up learning the value of language, culture & family. Her parents sponsored her grandparents from Vietnam in the early 90s to be reunited after the Vietnam War. Quyen believes in a world where older adults are integral voices in their communities.
When Joon wrote an essay on Thurgood Marshall in the 7th grade, he never thought he’d inherit Marshall’s desk when he began his career at the NAACP LDF. Since then, Joon has actively worked to advocate for marginalized communities, whereupon he found his passion to stand with and uplift the elders in the AAPI community.
Larry Curley is a member of the Navajo Nation with over 40 years of experience working in the aging and healthcare fields. He has worked with Congress, other branches of the federal government, and national organizations on aging to develop support for programs affecting elderly American Indians.
Angie Boddie is the Director of Health Programs for the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA). She directs all health promotions, advocacy and education programs for NCBA.
Aaron Tax is the Director of Federal Government Relations for Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), where he advocates for LGBT-inclusive federal aging policies that account for the unique needs of LGBT older adults.
Dr. Woody ensures that Older Adults are included in all conversations regarding their lives: health care, children, chosen families, sexual identity, and more—not as spectators but as leaders. Her motto: Nothing about us without us.
Becky remembers her mother caring for her great-grandfather, Johnson, both at home and in the hospital. She admires how tough and practical her mom had to be and would like to help others in the same position juggle work and caregiving.
Elaine has a background in journalism and public policy, which she brings to her role as overseer of content and development strategy at Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. Elaine’s grandmother was her roommate growing up and is her role model for life.
Frances’s commitment to social justice and health equity is rooted in her experiences growing up working class in a Chinese Vietnamese immigrant community. She values the knowledge, strength, and narratives of older adults and strives to center them in everything she does both at NAPCA and in her grassroots organizing.
Maria’s doctoral research explores wellness for LGBT seniors and people of color. She actively works with organizations that fight for adequate services and fair treatment of marginalized populations across this country.
Vega was shaped by her immigrant upbringing in the 1970s in a small Wisconsin town. I felt like a misfit everywhere: at school, at home, when visiting relatives in India. She became involved social activism in college, came out as lesbian, and learned a vocabulary to describe her ideals of justice, environmentalism, and pacifism.
Jason Resendez is the executive director of the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Network & Coalition, a national initiative focused on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease’s disproportionate impact on the Latino community.
Tomi Nagai-Rothe designs and visually facilitates meetings, creates Big Picture Maps, teaches these skills to non-profit/public sector organizations and coaches leaders. Tomi just celebrated her “Kanreki” – 60th birthday milestone (in Japanese culture) – and enjoys reflecting on the elder chapter of life.
Hank Trout is an Editor-at-Large for A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine and writes “For the Long Run,” a bi-monthly column addressing the struggles and triumphs of being a long-term (29-year) survivor of HIV/AIDS. He has lived in San Francisco for 38 years, currently with his fiance Rick Greathouse.