Director for the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services
I am an interdisciplinary community-engaged scholar and licensed attorney. I am also an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and the Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services at UC Berkeley. My work engages diverse communities and partners that builds from prior experience as an attorney, social worker, and nonprofit leader. As an attorney, I worked closely with families, consumers, patients, healthcare providers, and caregiving services on a variety of issues related to healthcare, health policy, and caregiving. I subsequently served as executive director of SAGE Metro Detroit (now MiGen), which focuses on services and advocacy for/with LGBTQ+ same-gender-loving older adults in Michigan. I then served as an RWJF Health Policy Fellow in the Honorable U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). My research foregrounds equitable aging across three areas: long-term care and caregiving, workplace rights, and LGBTQ+ issues.