Policy Forum Invited Speakers

Confirmed Speakers

Speaker bios and pictures may be found in the Conference Program 

Keynote: Susan Reinhard, Director, AARP Public Policy Institute 

Opening Remarks:Dr. Cheryl Phillips, Senior VP, Public Policy and Advocacy, LeadingAge 

General Session:Moderator: Dr. Cheryl Phillips, LeadingAgeBill Harrison, Mayor, City of FremontStephen Johnston,  Co-Founder, Aging 2.0 Joshua  Simon, Executive Director, EBALDCEd Ortiz, Director of Provider Network Development & Services, Health Plan of San Mateo 

Breakout Sessions: 

1.) Advocacy Perspectives: Voices from Local Advocates & Legislative Staff- Moderator: Dion Aroner, former California Assemblymember- Jessica Bartholow, Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law & Poverty- Elisabeth Jewel, Partner, AJE- Mark Chekal-Bain, District Director, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner’s Office- Lori Andersen, Director of Health Aging, The Health Trust 

2.) Housing and Supportive Services- Moderator: Joshua Simon, Executive Director, EBALDC- Dustin Harper, VP of Community Living Services, Institute on Aging- Val Agostino, Vice President, San Francisco, Mercy Housing- Kevin Gerber, CEO, Episcopal Senior Communities- Chris Hess, Director of Resident Services, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates- William F. Pickel, Executive Director, West Bay Housing Corporation 

3.) Promising Practices in Preparing for Health Reform: View from Ground Zero- Moderator: Karen Grimsich, Aging and Family Services Administrator, City of Fremont- Corinne Jan, CEO, Family Bridges- Debbie Toth, CEO, Rehabilitation Services of Northern California- Carrie Wong, San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services- Grace Li, COO, On Lok Lifeways 

4.) Leveraging Technology- Moderator: Scott Peifer, Executive Director, Age Tech West- Stephen Johnston, Co-Founder, Aging 2.0- David Lindeman, Director, Center for Technology and Aging- Joe Gerardi, Senior VP of IT & CIO, ABHOW