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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.