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2016 Influencers in Aging

Updated: November 10, 2020

Additional Influencers of 2016:

  • Michael Adams: CEO, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
  • Iris Apfel: Model, Designer, Entrepreneur
  • Anne Basting: Professor of Theater, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; founder and president of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling
  • Bob Blancato: President, Matz Blancato and Associates
  • Don Blandin: President and CEO of the Investor Protection Trust and Investor Protection Institute
  • Phyllis Borzi: Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Tim Carpenter: Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE
  • Bruce Chernof: President and CEO, The SCAN Foundation
  • Carol Fishman Cohen: CEO and Co-Founder, iRelaunch
  • Helen Dennis: Principal, Helen Dennis & Associates
  • Ken Dychtwald: Founder, President and CEO, Age Wave
  • Michael Eisner: CEO, The Tornante Company; Founder of The Eisner Foundation
  • Jim Emerman: Executive Vice President, Encore.org
  • Elissa Sara Epel: Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
  • John Feather: CEO, Grantmakers in Aging
  • Ruth Finkelstein: Associate Director, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center
  • Terry Fulmer: President of The John A. Hartford Foundation
  • Mary Furlong: President and CEO, Mary Furlong & Associates
  • Eric Garcetti: Mayor, Los Angeles
  • Teresa Ghilarducci: Director, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis
  • Howard Gleckman: Professor, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Chief Scientist at Lapetus Solutions
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham: Congresswoman
  • Sarita Gupta: Caring Across Generations Co-Director and Jobs With Justice Executive Director
  • Gail Gibson Hunt: President & CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving
  • Paul Irving: Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • Karyne Jones: President and CEO, National Caucus & Center on Black Aging
  • Kathleen Kelly: Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance
  • Paul Kleyman: Director, Ethnic Elders Newsbeat, New America Media
  • Mark S. Lachs: Co-Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care and Chief, Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian
  • Norman Lear: Television Writer and Producer
  • Carol Levine: Director, Families and Health Care Project, United Hospital Fund
  • Becca Levy: Professor of Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health and Professor of Psychology, Yale University
  • David Lindeman: Director of the Center for Technology and Aging (CTA), Co-Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health (CITPH) and Co-Director of Health Care for Center for Information Technology Research in the Interests of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California
  • Richard W. (Dick) Lindsay: Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine at the UVA Health Sciences Center, Founder of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UVA
  • Jean Makesh: CEO of The Lantern memory care and assisted living facilities
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia University
  • S. Jay Olshansky: Professor, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Chief Scientist at Lapetus Solutions
  • Susan C. Reinhard: Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Max Richtman: Chair, Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO)
  • Charlie Sabatino: Director, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
  • Andy Sieg: Head of Global Wealth & Retirement Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • June Simmons: President and CEO, Partners in Care Foundation
  • Betty Reid Soskin: Oldest Full-time Ranger, U.S. National Park Service
  • Wendy Spencer: CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Lesley Stahl: '60 Minutes' Correspondent
  • E. Percil Stanford: President, Folding Voice and Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University
  • Sarah Szanton: Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Louis Tennenbaum: Founder, Homes Renewed
  • Debra Whitman: Chief Public Policy Officer and Executive Vice President, AARP
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