National Council on Aging Welcomes Three New Board Members

Oct 29, 2012, 09:00 ET from National Council on Aging

Leaders Bring Experience, Passion, and Innovation to Serving Older Adults

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) welcomes three new leaders in the field of aging to the NCOA Board of Directors, effective immediately.


Ai-jen Poois director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations, a national coalition of 200 organizations advocating for home care workers and patients. She is also the lead organizer and founder of Domestic Workers United, an organization of Caribbean, Latina, and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York who are organizing for "power, respect, and fair labor standards."

Ms. Poo graduated from Columbia University, where she was one of more than 100 students who spurred the creation of Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. She has received numerous awards and fellowships. In 2011, she received the Independent Sector's American Express NGen Leadership Award, and in 2012, she was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

Laura Trejo, MSG, MPA, is general manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, a position she has held since 2002. A strong advocate for Los Angeles seniors, Ms. Trejo has successfully obtained funding to implement innovative evidence-based programs aimed at improving the lives of older adults. Most recently, she was a leader of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Hispanic Elders Health Initiative designed to help select communities enhance the health and well-being of their Hispanic elderly population.

Ms. Trejo has won several honors and awards for her leadership in aging, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leadership Program Award (2002), the American Society on Aging Mental Health and Aging Leadership Award (2006), and the California Mental Health Directors Association Leadership Award (2007).

Carolyn Buck Luce, Global Pharmaceutical Leader at Ernst & Young, was recently named 2012 Woman of the Year by The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association. She is responsible for overseeing strategy, thought leadership, resourcing, learning, and solutions for the firm's life science clients.

A passionate advocate for the advancement of women in business, Ms. Buck Luce is a co-founder of the Corporate Council for the White House Project, which brings together major corporations to enhance the perception of women as business leaders in the public eye. She also is co-chair and co-founder of The Talent Innovation Task Force and currently serves on the Mayor's Commission on Women's Issues in New York City, where she advises on strategies and programs to make it the best large city for women to live and work.

"We are thrilled to welcome these  three impressive leaders to the NCOA Board of Directors," said James Firman, president and CEO of NCOA. "They bring tremendous wisdom, energy and insights which will help NCOA  to have an even greater impact on the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged."

Rotating off the NCOA Board of Directors are John Erickson, founder of Erickson Retirement Communities, and Sandra King, former executive director of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. NCOA is very grateful for their outstanding service and many contributions to NCOA and the lives of older adults.   

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About NCOA  
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions of older adults—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit: | |

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