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About ASA

Our Mission

The American Society on Aging unites, empowers and champions everyone striving to improve aging.

Since 1954, ASA has developed and led the largest, most diverse community of professionals working in aging in America. As a result, ASA has become the go-to source to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge and strengthen the skills of our members and others who work with and on behalf of older adults.

As we unite, empower and champion our community, we have the unique responsibility to be a strong voice and thought leader on critical systemic issues that influence how we age. As America struggles with how best to respond to the need for greater inclusivity, anti-ageism and equity, ASA sees its responsibility as a leader to drive the discourse and advocate for the change necessary to address these issues in aging.

 

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Our Strategic Plan and Priorities

ASA brings together leaders from the business, academic, government and nonprofit communities in aging. To unite, empower and champion our members, we have committed to the following strategic plan and priorities:

Our Strategic Plan

Approved in 2019, our five-year strategic plan was devised to ensure ASA’s impact on optimizing the quality of life for older adults in America. By 2024, ASA will continue to lead the field of aging, institute stronger diversity, equity and inclusion practices, expand our membership and launch our policy and advocacy efforts.

Leadership

ASA will cultivate and strengthen the skills of leaders in aging. 

Diversity Equity & Inclusion

ASA will implement a diversity, equity and inclusion vision for its board, staff and membership, and achieve recognition as the go-to resource and leading repository of expertise for both professionals and organizations.

Membership

ASA will build a modern and sustainable membership model that supports ongoing engagement, while expanding the field of aging.

 

 

 

 

Advocacy

ASA will expand member engagement in policy development and advocacy and significantly strengthen ASA’s role and voice as one of the country’s leading aging sector advocates.

 

 

Our Strategic Priorities

ASA’s work is framed around five priorities: Ageism & Culture, Economic Security, Innovation & Social Impact, Health & Well-being and Equity & Justice. ASA’s programs are designed to promote actionable change in each of these areas individually, and as they intersect.

Ageism & Culture

Exploring cross-cultural views on aging, portrayals of aging at the individual, community and national levels, reframing how we talk about aging and older people, shifting representations of aging in media, and promoting representation in the arts

Economic Security

Examining the longevity economy, education and training opportunities across the life course, work and retirement structures, economic instability, healthcare costs and aging-in-community

Equity & Justice

Promoting elder justice, social movements, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and the exploration of intersections between aging and racism, homophobia, gender-based or religious discrimination

Health & Well-being

Exploring systems of care that address social determinants of health, mental health parity and outcomes, spiritual well-being, the role of technology and macro-issues such as climate change and immigration

Innovation & Social Impact

Highlighting age-friendly initiatives, design thinking, technology connecting people of all ages, innovations in service delivery, and public-private-partnerships to improve our lives as we age

Equity in Aging

Since our inception, ASA has believed in an inclusive, equitable world for people of all ages. As our country is growing older, we are also growing more diverse. In fact, older people are the most diverse segment of our population, with preferences, needs, and assets shaped by lifetimes of experiences. And, within 15 years, this highly diverse group will outnumber children under 18 for the first time, according to the US Census Bureau.

This makes the fight against discrimination and bigotry in all its forms including ageism, racism, ableism and heterosexism all the more urgent.

ASA is strengthening our commitment to weaving equity throughout our programs and our organizational structure, elevating voices that have historically been underrepresented and suppressed, and inspiring members to take growing action towards inclusivity.

ASA is:

  • Investing in diversity, equity, and inclusivity training for all staff and board members.
  • Proud of our historical commitment to maintaining a diverse board of directors, while intentionally recruiting new board members to ensure fuller representation.
  • Designing year-round educational programs, On Aging Collaboratives, and On Aging conference tracks that tackle inequality, social justice, and inclusivity. 
  • Building new, practical On Aging Toolkits and Briefs to inspire action towards equity.
  • Launching advocacy initiatives to help members learn about and organize around equity.

 

There is much work to be done. We want to learn from you and with you.

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Our Team

Peter Kaldes, Esq.

CEO and President of the American Society on Aging

Peter Kaldes joined ASA in March 2020 and at the start of the global pandemic. His visionary and innovative leadership is transforming how ASA unites, empowers and champions everyone working to improve aging. Before joining ASA, Kaldes was President and CEO of the South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) where he led the transformation of a 55-year-old, community-based organization by launching new programming, impactful thought leadership and nearly doubling its budget. Prior to SoFIA, Kaldes led a $20 million philanthropic economic development portfolio as a senior executive at JP Morgan Chase & Co. He also has a distinguished career in public service including as senior economic policy advisor in the Obama White House, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Senate. Kaldes began his career as an international litigator at the global firm of Weil Gotshal. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Tufts University.

ASA's Board of Directors

CEO, SAGE

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Senior Vice President, AARP Thought Leadership and International Affairs

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Ginna Baik

Member, Executive Committee

Senior Care Practice Leader, CDW Healthcare

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Richard Browdie

Rich Browdie Consulting

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Paul Downey

President and CEO, Serving Seniors

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Maria Henke

Senior Associate Dean, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California

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Brooke Hollister

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Aging, University of California, San Francisco

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Rebecca Morgan

Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law, Stetson University School of Law

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Kevin Prindiville

Kevin Prindiville

Executive Director, Justice in Aging

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Joyce L. Walker

Vice President of Community Development, PK Management LLC

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Lisa Gables

Lisa Gables

Chair-elect

Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Physician Assistants

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Brian Duke

Treasurer

System Director, Senior Services, Main Line Health

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President and CEO, Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc.

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President & CEO, National Hispanic Council on Aging

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Robert Espinoza

Member, Executive Committee

Vice President of Policy, PHI

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Director, Health Policy, West Health

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Daniel Lai

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University

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Scott Peifer

Founder and Principal, ChangeAGEnts

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Philip B. Stafford

Co-Design Director, Commons Planning, Inc.

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ASA Staff

Peter Kaldes, Esq.

President & CEO

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Robert R. Lowe

Robert R. Lowe

Chief Operating Officer

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Cindy Morris

Cindy Morris

Vice President, Development and Community Engagement

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Vicky Nguyen

Vicky Nguyen

Director, Finance and Accounting

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Adi Goldstein

Adi Goldstein

Manager, Development

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Patricia Morazan

Patricia Morazan

Program Coordinator

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Christopher Berno

Christopher Berno

Executive Consultant and Acting CTO

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Cynthia Banks

Cynthia Banks

Chief of Staff

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Leanne Clark-Shirley, PhD

Vice President, Programs & Thought Leadership

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Alison Biggar

Alison Biggar

Editorial Director

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Betsy Dorsett

Manager, Community Engagement

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Keith Kuo

Keith Kuo

Program Manager

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Jen Rivera

Jen Rivera

Membership Engagement Manager

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