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2015 Influencers in Aging

Updated: November 10, 2020

Additional Influencers of 2015:

  • Sudipto Banerjee:  Research associate at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)
  • Barbara Beskind: Design at IDEO
  • Dan Buettner: Author of Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
  • Donna Butts: Executive Director of Generations United
  • Glen Campbell: Music legend and contributor to Alzheimer's education
  • Peter Cappelli - Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Center for Human Resources and a management professor at The Wharton School
  • Laura L. Carstensen: Professor, author and founder of the Stanford Center for Longevity
  • Roz Chast: New Yorker cartoonist and author
  • Sen. Susan Collins: Maine Senator
  • Barbara Coombs Lee: President of the nonprofit Compassion & Choices
  • Joseph F. Coughlin: Director of the MIT AgeLab
  • Tobey Dichter: Founder and unpaid chief executive officer of the nonprofit Generations on the Line
  • Nora Dowd Eisenhower: Assistant director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Older Americans
  • Vickie Elisa: President of Mothers’ Voices Georgia
  • Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel: Oncologist, author and medical ethicist.
  • Katy Fike: Co-founder of Aging 2.0.
  • James Firman: President and chief executive officer of the National Council on Aging (NCOA)
  • Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen: Professor of Social Work, University of Washington; director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health
  • Marc Freedman: Founder and chief executive officer of Engore.org
  • Dr. Linda P. Fried: Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
  • Lisa Genova: Author of Still Alice and Inside the O'Briens
  • Kathy Greenlee: Assistant secretary for aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administrator of the Administration for Community Living (ACL)
  • Jennie Chin Hansen: Former American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Chief Executive Officer
  • Rodney Harrell: Director of livable communities, AARP
  • Carrie Hessler-Radelet: Director of the U.S. Peace Corps
  • Cindy Hounsell: The founder and president of the nonprofit group WISER (Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement
  • Cynthia Hutchins: Director of Financial Gerontology for Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • J. Mark Iwry: Senior adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury and deputy assistant secretary (tax policy) for retirement and health policy at the U.S. Treasury Department
  • Ina Jaffe: Veteran political and arts reporter
  • Cynthia Kenyon: Vice President of aging research at Calico
  • Laurence J. Kotlikoff: Economics professor at Boston University and co-author of the bestseller, Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security
  • Dr. Joanne Lynn: Director of the Center on Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute
  • Kevin J. Mahoney: Gerontologist and director of the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services at Boston College
  • Dr. Bruce Miller: Director of the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco
  • Larry Minnix: President and CEO of LeadingAge
  • Dr. Laura Mosqueda: Co-director of the National Center on Elder Abuse
  • Alicia H. Munnell: Director of the Center of Retirement Research at Boston College
  • Bernard Osher: Philanthropist and visionary
  • Dr. Philip Pizzo: Creator and founding director of The Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute
  • Ai-jen Poo: Author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America and labor activist
  • Lauren Stiller Rikleen: President of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and a visiting scholar at the Boston College Center for Work & Family
  • Ofer Sharone: Assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • Maria Shriver: Former network news correspondent and anchor for CBS and NBC, and former First Lady of California
  • Felipe Sierra: Director of the Division of Aging Biology at the National Institute on Aging
  • Ken Smith: Senior research scholar and director of the Mobility Division at the Stanford Center on Longevity
  • Lester Strong: Chief executive officer of AARP Experience Corps and an AARP vice president
  • Nora Super: Leader of 2015 White House Conference on Aging
  • Dr. Bill Thomas: Founder of The Green House Project
  • Barbara Vacarr: Director of the Encore Higher Education Initiative at Encore.org
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