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AARP Names UCLA School of Public Affairs Associate Dean Fernando Torres-Gil New Foundation Board Member


Fernando Torres-Gil has beenappointed to the board of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)Foundation. Torres-Gil, associate dean of academic affairs at the UCLA Schoolof Public Affairs, was appointed along with author and health care spokespersonArt Ulene, M.D.

"The AARP Foundation is verypleased that Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil and Dr. Art Ulene have joined its board ofdirectors," said Robin Talbert, AARP Foundation executive director. "Theirknowledge of and dedication to the aging, health care and social issues of ourtime, coupled with their strong leadership capabilities, will position them toaddress related national challenges as America's 50-plus population surges."

An expert in the fields ofhealth and long-term care, the politics of aging, social policy, ethnicity, anddisability, Torres-Gil has authored more than 80 articles and book chapters, aswell as six books, including "The New Aging: Politics and Change in America."In addition to his academic experience, he has a significant background ingovernment, having served as the first-ever assistant secretary for aging atthe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as the Clinton administration's chief advocate on aging.Torres-Gil also holds appointments as professor of social welfare and publicpolicy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and is director of the UCLA Centerfor Policy Research on Aging.

Torres-Gil said he is lookingforward to supporting the foundation's work to improve the lives of the mostvulnerable members of society and also is interested in focusing on a number ofother key areas during his tenure on the AARP Foundation board, including theimportance of intergenerational collaboration and how to best serve theenormous boomer population as it ages.

Born and raised in Salinas, Calif.,Torres-Gil is the son of migrant farmworkers. He earned a bachelor's degree inpolitical science from San Jose State Universityin 1970, graduating with honors, and an M.S.W. (1972) and Ph.D. in socialpolicy, planning and research (1976) from the HellerSchool for Social Policy andManagement at Brandeis University.

The UCLA Schoolof Public Affairs was founded in 1994 to educate the next generation ofpractitioners and academic researchers in the "problem-solving professions" —public policy, social welfare and urban planning. The school is one of thelargest and most dynamic of its kind in the nation.



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