Welcome to the 2021 Bay Area Senior Health Policy Forum!

While our work, advocacy, commute and focus have dramatically changed since we last came together in 2019, our commitment to improving the quality of life for all Bay Are seniors has not waivered.

Please use the tabs above to navigate the conference materials for today’s event.  This is our first ever virtual conference, and we are honored you have joined us today.

Grace Li (Co-Chair)

CEO, On Lok

Dianna Garrett

Director of Communication & Planning, Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI)

Nicole Howell

Executive Director, Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa and Solano Counties

Cindy Kauffman

Deputy Director of Community Services, San Francisco Department of Aging & Adult Services

Katherine Kelly

Senior Government Affairs Manager, On Lok

Eileen Kunz

Chief of Government Affairs and Compliance, On Lok

Lenore McDonald

Director of Fund Development and Government Relations, Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI)

Wendy Peterson

Director, Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County

Vaughn Villaverde

Associate Director of Health Policy, Working Partnerships USA


Keynote Speaker

Kim McCoy Wade, California Department of Aging



Senior Homelessness Panel

Dr. Margot Kushel, UCSF

Marko Mijic, California HHS



Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2020 Census

Monica Tong, Santa Clara County Office of the Census

David Tucker, California Complete Count


Affordable Senior Housing

Sharon Rapport, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Danielle Mazzella, California Housing Partnership 

Age-Friendly Action Plan

Shireen McSpadden, Dept of Disability and Aging Services

Diana Miller, County of Santa Clara 

Policy Roundtable

Sarah Steenhausen, The SCAN Foundation

Maya Altman, Health Plan of San Mateo

Sharon Rapport, Director, California State Policy, Corporation for Supportive Housing (Moderator) 


Report out and Closing Remarks

Monica Tong, Santa Clara County Office of the Census

Sharon Rapport, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Shireen McSpadden, Dept of Disability and Aging Services

Sarah Steenhausen, The SCAN Foundation

Grace Li, On Lok




Kim McCoy Wade is the Director of the California Department of Aging.  She most recently served at the California Department of Social Services as the CalFresh & Nutrition Branch Chief, where she led the expansion of CalFresh food benefits to older adults and people with disabilities, as well as several data and technology initiatives, including the GetCalFresh mobile application.  She previously served as a consultant to multiple health and human services non-profits and as Executive Director of the California Association of Food Banks.  Earlier in her career, she worked in Washington, DC for the Children’s Defense Fund, Bread for the World, and Alliance for Justice.  She is an alumna of NYU School of Law, Carleton College, and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  She lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Marko Mijic serves as the Deputy Secretary for Program and Fiscal Affairs at the California Health and Human Services Agency. In this role, Marko leads the policy and budget development for 12 departments and four offices, which includes over 30,000 employees and a total annual budget of approximately $160 billion. Prior to serving as the Acting Deputy Secretary, Marko served as an Assistant Secretary with responsibility of the human services portfolio, which included the California Department of Aging, the California Department of Community Services and Development, the California Department of Child Support Services, and the California Department of Social Services.

Margot Kushel, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Margot’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of homelessness and housing instability, with the goal of preventing and ending homelessness, and ameliorating the effects of homelessness on health.  She speaks at a local, state and national level about issues of homelessness, and frequently provides testimony to legislative bodies.

Monica was born and raised in Cupertino, where she developed a passion for public service. In 2011, she graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in Political Science. During her time at UCR, she worked as a peer mentor, assisting first-year students with their transition to college life. Monica was fortunate to participate in the University of California Washington, DC, Program and studied abroad in Rome. Monica received her Master’s from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy in 2014. In DC, Monica interned on Capitol Hill and with the U.S. Department of Justice.

David Tucker is the Regional Program Manager – Region 3 (Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Solano).  As the Regional Program Manager, David monitors California Census 2020 outreach and education efforts to ensure a collaborative process between Census 2020 contracted partners, stakeholders and organizations, to identify, plan and execute outreach strategies targeting the hardest to count communities.