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2017 Influencers in Aging

Updated: November 10, 2020

Additional Influencers of 2017:

  • Gretchen Alkema: Vice President, Policy and Communications at The SCAN Foundation
  • Roz Baker: Hawaii State Senator, Chair, Committee on Commerce Consumer Protection and Health, 6th Senate District – South and West Maui
  • Jacqueline Angel: Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
  • Lori Bitter: Author of 'The Grandparent Economy'
  • Kathy Black: Professor of Aging Studies and Social Work, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee
  • Richard Browdie: President and CEO of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
  • Denise Brown: Owner and Founder of
  • Susan Burton: Author of 'Becoming Ms. Burton'
  • Amanda Cavaleri: Founder and CEO of Connect The Ages
  • Henry Cisneros: CEO of CityView
  • Dr. Pinchas Cohen: Dean at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
  • Ann Colby: Consulting Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • Yanira Cruz: President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging
  • Tim Driver: Founder of
  • Rabbi Laura Geller: Emerita Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills
  • Ellen Goodman: Founder of The Conversation Project
  • Jody Holtzman: Senior Vice President of Market Innovation at AARP
  • Dave Hughes: Author and founder of
  • Sally Hurme: Author and Elder Law Attorney
  • Elizabeth Isele: Founder and CEO at Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship
  • Julene Johnson: Professor and Associate Director at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging
  • Vasundhara Kalasapudi: Executive Director of India Home
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar: Minnesota Senator
  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey: Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nancy LeaMond: Executive Vice President, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer at AARP
  • Eunice Lin Nichols: Campaign Director for's Generation to Generation
  • Karen Lincoln: Associate Professor at Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California; Founder of Advocates for African American Elders
  • Wesly Lum: President and CEO of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
  • Sandy Markwood: EO of National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • Lisa Massena: Executive Director at OregonSaves
  • Mar Miller: Founder of Career Pivot
  • Brent Neiser: Senior Director of Strategic Programs and Alliances, National Endowment for Financial Education
  • Sheila Nevins: HBO Documentary Film President and Legendary Producer
  • Maura O'Malley: CEO and Co-Founder of Lifetime Arts
  • Laurie Orlov: Founder and Principal Analyst, Aging in Place Technology Watch
  • Jaia Peterson Lent: Deputy Executive Director for Generations United
  • Kevin Prindiville: Executive Director of Justice in Aging
  • Jean Risley: Author of 'How to Decide What to Do Next When You're Retired'
  • Laura Robbins: Principal, Laura A. Robbins Consulting (LARC)
  • Kathryn Roberts: President and CEO at Ecumen
  • Lawrence Samuel: Founder of Boomers 3.0
  • George Schofield: Developmental Psychologist
  • Paula Span: Author and The New Old Age columnist for The New York Times
  • Seth Sternberg: CEO and Co-Founder of Honor
  • Robyn Stone: Senior Vice President for Research at LeadingAge
  • John Tarnoff: Author of 'Boomer Reinvention'
  • Elizabeth White: Author of 'Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal'
  • Daniel Wilson: Director of Federal Affairs for the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
  • Carol Zernial: Executive Director at WellMed Charitable Foundation
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