Our mission is to improve lives and strengthen societies by promoting healthy, productive and purposeful aging.
The future of aging will be different, and it’s time to challenge conventional wisdom.
Through research, convening, informing and educating, we seek to:
Our quarterly editions focus on the critical challenges and opportunities of aging, showcasing timely content from our Center staff, members of our Advisory Board, and other organizations that share our values and collaborate in our work.
Arielle Burstein is a senior associate with the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. She works to accelerate a needed shift in thinking about aging by collaborating with the Center’s leadership and advisors, convening experts, promoting thought leadership and fostering action. Her work spans the topics of the longevity economy, innovation, purpose, and engagement of young people in issues around aging. Burstein shapes research, produces digital communications and manages and contributes to Center publications. She joined the Institute after several years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, a multidisciplinary research program, where she translated demographic change into innovative social research on aging. Her research has contributed to new products and services in retail, finance, and other industries to improve quality of life as we age. She has published academic research on the subject of technology for caregivers of people with dementia. Burstein holds a bachelor of arts degree in international relations and Hispanic studies from Wheaton College, and she works at the Institute's Santa Monica office.
Paul Irving is chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and distinguished scholar in residence at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. He previously served as the Institute’s president, an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University, and chairman and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, a law and consulting firm. Author of “The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose,” a Wall Street Journal expert panelist and contributor to the Huffington Post, PBS Next Avenue and Forbes, Irving also serves as a director of East West Bancorp, as vice chair of Encore.org and on advisory boards of USC Davis, the Global Coalition on Aging, Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute, WorkingNation, Berkeley-AGE, and the Bipartisan Policy Center. PBS Next Avenue named Irving an “Influencer” for his exceptional contributions to the field of aging, and he was honored with the Janet L. Witkin Humanitarian Award by Affordable Living for the Aging.
Sophie Okolo is an associate in the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. She is engaged in a range of research and communication activities, including content management of the center’s website and social media outlets. Before joining the Institute, Okolo served as editor in chief of Global Health Aging, a publication featuring news, research and opinion on aging and health issues. She previously held policy, research and communications positions for the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, American Action Forum, CCE Research Alliance and African Americans in Gerontology. Her interests include improving the quality of life for older people around the world through healthy lifestyles, scientific research and entrepreneurship. Okolo holds a B.S. in bioinformatics from Ramapo College and an M.P.H. in gerontology from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She works at the Institute’s Santa Monica office.
Liana Soll is an associate director in the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. Her interests include aging and culture, entrepreneurship and innovation to improve aging lives, prevention, wellness and healthy aging, and the translation of research into policy and practice. Soll has a diverse background in law and public health, with over a decade of experience in health information technology, infrastructure and project finance, regulatory matters, international public health and treaty negotiations. Before joining the Institute, Soll worked as a lawyer and public health professional for commercial, multilateral and nonprofit entities. She has lived, worked and studied in Egypt, England, Romania and Switzerland. Soll holds a B.A. with dual concentrations in modern culture and media and political science from Brown University, a J.D. and an M.P.H. in international health from the University of California and an LL.M. in international business law from the University of London. Soll works in the Institute’s Santa Monica office.
Vivian Vasallo is managing director of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, where she leads initiatives to improve lives and strengthen societies by promoting healthy, productive and purposeful aging. Vasallo had been vice president at the AARP Foundation, where she led financial services innovation, housing and impact investment strategies. Earlier, she served as vice president of First American Financial Corp., leading business development for the emerging markets group. Vasallo also worked at Fannie Mae Foundation, Mortgage Bankers Association, and National Council of La Raza. In 2015-16, she spent a sabbatical in Barcelona studying impact investment, social enterprise and philanthropy in Spain.
Vasallo is a contributor to national media, including C-SPAN, Forbes and Univision. She was a practitioner affiliate at American University’s masters of social enterprise program and has served on the boards of the Consumer Federation of America and the National Housing Conference. Vasallo’s honors include Independent Sector NGEN Fellow, Embassy of Spain Young Professional Leader, and the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility Award. She holds a B.A. from American University and an M.A. from the University of Miami. She works in the Institute’s Santa Monica office.
The Center for the Future of Aging Advisory Board includes influential leaders in philanthropy, policy, academia, health, financial services, and other domains who share an interest in changing policies, practices, and priorities to improve lives, strengthen societies, and create a better future for today’s aging generation and for generations to come. Advisory Board members participate in Center meetings, speak at and host events, share knowledge and research, and promote thought leadership and innovations to advance the field.
Art Bilger is founder and CEO of WorkingNation. He is an active investor in early-stage private companies involved in integrating content with new technologies, with a particular focus on online education, digital media and analytics. Bilger’s activities in this area began as an investor in and vice chairman of Akamai Technologies Inc. Previous positions include president and chief operating officer of New World Communications, a founding partner of Apollo Advisors LP and executive vice president and co-head of corporate finance at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Bilger serves on the board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He also is vice chairman of the Skirball Cultural Center and a member of the board of Bet Tzedek, a legal services organization, and the advisory board of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. He is a member of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs. Bilger holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Laura Carstensen is a professor of psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. professor in public policy at Stanford University, where she is the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. In academia, Carstensen is known for socioemotional selectivity theory, a life-span theory of motivation. Her research has been backed by the National Institute on Aging for two decades. Carstensen is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on an Aging Society and serves on the National Advisory Council on Aging to the NIA. She is the author of “A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity.” Her honors include the Kleemeier and Distinguished Mentorship awards from the Gerontological Society of America and a Guggenheim fellowship. She holds a B.S. from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from West Virginia University.
Henry Cisneros is chairman of the executive committee at Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC, an investment banking and financial services company. He is also chairman of CityView, which works with urban builders to create homes priced for average families. Previously, Cisneros was president and chief operating officer of Univision Communications. A former U.S. secretary of housing and urban development under President Bill Clinton, Cisneros was credited with initiating the revitalization of public-housing developments and formulating policies that helped achieve the nation’s highest homeownership rate. Earlier, he founded Cisneros Asset Management Co. and was a four-term mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Cisneros is a member of the board of Univision and the advisory board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is an officer of Habitat for Humanity. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in urban and regional planning from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and a doctorate in public administration from George Washington University.
Pinchas Cohen is dean of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. He is also executive director of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center. Cohen holds several patents for novel peptides and is a co-founder of CohBar, a biotechnology company developing mitochondrial peptides for diabetes. Initiatives that Cohen is leading at the Davis School include the development of a center for digital aging. He also is promoting the creation of tools for “personalized aging,” which employs the latest technologies, such as genomics, toward individualizing healthy aging strategies. Cohen has published more than 250 papers in top scientific journals. He is president of the Growth Hormone Society and sits on multiple National Institutes of Health study sections and several editorial boards. Honors include a National Institute on Aging EUREKA Award, a Transformative R01 grant from the director of the NIH and the Glenn Award for research in biological mechanisms of aging.
Catherine Collinson is president of the Transamerica Institute and the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. She is a retirement and market trends expert and champion for Americans who are at risk of not achieving a financially secure retirement. Collinson oversees all research and outreach initiatives, including the Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey. She also serves as executive director of the newly launched Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement, based in the Netherlands. With two decades of retirement industry-related experience, Collinson has become a nationally recognized voice on retirement trends. She has testified before Congress on matters related to employer-sponsored retirement plans for small business and is regularly cited by top media outlets on retirement-related topics. Her articles appear in leading industry journals. In 2015, Collinson joined the advisory board of the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging.
Joseph Coughlin is founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . He teaches in MIT's Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School's Advanced Management Program. Coughlin, who holds a Ph.D., conducts, and consults on the impact of global demographic change and technology trends on consumer behavior, business innovation and public policy. He produces the online publication and contributes to the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.
William Dow is Kaiser Permanente professor of health economics at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. He also serves as director of the UC Berkeley Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging and co-leads the recently launched Berkeley Forum on Aging and the Global Economy (Berkeley-AGE). Dow, whose academic research elucidates economic determinants of healthy aging in the United States and other OECD countries as well as in emerging economies, is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He previously served as senior economist for health at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and has worked with Democratic and Republican groups on health sector reform proposals at the federal, state and local levels. Dow’s honors include the Kenneth J. Arrow Award, given by the International Health Economics Association. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.
Ken Dychtwald is president and CEO of Age Wave, a firm that guides companies and government groups in product/service development for baby boomers and mature adults. He has dedicated his life to battling ageist stereotypes while promoting a new, vital and purposeful role for life’s second half. Dychtwald is a psychologist, gerontologist and best-selling author of 16 books on aging-related issues, most recently “A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success.” In 2007, he debuted as a filmmaker and host with the PBS documentary “The Boomer Century: 1946-2046.” Investment Advisor recently honored Dychtwald as one of the 35 most influential thought leaders in the financial services industry over the past 35 years. He received the American Society on Aging Award for outstanding national leadership, and American Demographics honored him as the single most influential marketer to baby boomers over the past quarter century. Dychtwald serves on the advisory board of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging.
Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, is one of the nation's leading experts on the longevity revolution and the transformation of retirement. He is a former visiting scholar at Stanford University and a former visiting fellow at King's College of the University of London. Freedman is a member of the Wall Street Journal's Experts panel and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. He has authored four books, including "The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife." Honors include a 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award from the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation, the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and an Ashoka Senior Fellowship. He played a central role in creating AARP Experience Corps, which mobilizes people over 50 to improve education for low-income children, as well as the Encore.org Purpose Prize, which supports social entrepreneurs in the second half of life. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and holds an M.B.A. from Yale University.
Linda Fried is the dean and DeLamar professor of public health and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is senior vice president of Columbia University Medical Center and professor of medicine at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Earlier, she was director of the division of geriatric medicine and gerontology and director of the Center on Aging and Health at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. An expert on healthy aging, Fried has led research on frailty as a medical syndrome and is the codesigner of Experience Corps. Congress named her a Living Legend in Medicine, and Thompson-Reuters listed her among the 1 percent of the most influential scientific minds of the past decade. Fried has received the National Institute of Aging MERIT Award, U.S. National Bridge Builders Award and Alliance for Aging Research’s 2011 Silver Innovator and 2012 Silver Scholar awards. She is president-elect of the Association of American Physicians and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Lynn Goldman is the Michael and Lori Milken dean at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Before joining the Milken Institute SPH, Goldman, a pediatrician and environmental epidemiologist, was a professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, she was assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and head of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control at the California Department of Public Health. Among her board and committee memberships, she serves on the National Academy of Medicine governing council, the National Academy of Sciences governing board and the Food and Drug Administration science board. She is a trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund. Goldman holds a B.S. and an M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University; and an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco.
Christopher Herbert is managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Having worked at the Joint Center in the 1990s, Herbert rejoined it in 2010 from Abt Associates to serve as director of research. He is also a lecturer in the department of urban planning and design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The financial and demographic dimensions of homeownership is a key focus of Herbert’s research, along with the implications of the recession, housing bust and foreclosure crisis for homeownership policy. Herbert is co-editor of the book “Homeownership Built to Last: Balancing Access, Affordability and Risk After the Housing Crisis.” He serves on the boards of the Homeownership Preservation Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Community Development Research Advisory Council and the Center for Responsible Lending Research Advisory Council. Herbert holds a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College and a master’s and Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard.
Michael Hodin is CEO of the Global Coalition on Aging, a managing partner of High Lantern Group and a fellow at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College. He is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post and Fiscal Times. From 1976 to 1980, he was a legislative assistant to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution. He was a senior executive at Pfizer Inc. for 30 years, heading international public affairs and public policy operations. Hodin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is on the boards of the Foreign Policy Association, Business Council for International Understanding, NYC Blood Center, American Skin Association, American Federation for Aging Research and Emigrant Savings Bank, as well as the advisory board of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
Jo Ann Jenkins is CEO of AARP. She joined AARP in 2010 as president of the AARP Foundation, the organization's affiliated charity. She previously served on the board of directors of AARP Services Inc., beginning in 2004 and becoming its chair in 2008. She came to AARP from the Library of Congress, where she served as chief operating officer. During her 15-year tenure there, Jenkins developed and directed two of its most renowned projects, the National Book Festival and the Library of Congress Experience. She began her federal career at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, followed by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Agriculture's Office of Advocacy and Enterprise. Jenkins has received numerous awards for innovation and leadership, including the NonProfit Times' Power and influence Top 50 for 2013, 2014 and 2015, and SmartCEO's 2015 BRAVA award. She is a Malcolm Baldrige fellow. Jenkins earned her B.S. from Spring Hill College and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.
Yves Joanette is professor of cognitive neurosciences and aging at the Universite de Montreal and scientific director of the Institute of Aging of the Canada Institutes of Health Research. He also oversees the CIHR Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and is the scientific lead for the CIHR dementia research strategy, as well as co-leading other initiatives on eHealth and on work and health. He sits on many international boards, including European initiatives in which Canada participates. Joenette is a member of the World Dementia Council and has advised many governments on strategy for addressing the growing challenges of aging populations. He has been a scholar and scientist for the Canadian Medical Research Council and received many distinctions, including the Andre-Dupont Award and the Eve-Kassier Award for exceptional accomplishment. Joenette is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Science. In 2007, the Universite Lumiere de Lyon (France) awarded him an honorary doctorate.
Becca Levy is professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and professor of psychology at Yale University. Her research explores psychosocial factors that influence elders' cognitive and physical functioning as well as their longevity. Levy is credited with creating a field of study that focuses on how positive and negative age stereotypes, which are assimilated from the culture, can have beneficial and adverse effects on older people’s health. She has received the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology and the Ewald W. Busse Research Award in the Social Behavioral Sciences from the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, which is given once every four years. Levy has testified before the U.S. Senate on the effects of ageism and contributed to briefs submitted to the Supreme Court in age-discrimination cases. She received a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University and held a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.
Freda Lewis-Hall is executive vice president and chief medical officer of Pfizer. She leads the company's work to ensure the safe, effective and appropriate use of its medicines and vaccines and to collaborate with members of the medical research community to accelerate the development of new treatments and improve outcomes for patients. Lewis-Hall is chairwoman of the Cures Acceleration Network at the National Institutes of Health and serves on the boards of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Save the Children. A passionate advocate for empowering patients through access to medical information, she appears frequently on TV shows including "The Doctors" and "Dr. Phil" and blogs on GetHealthyStayHealthy.com. She is the author of "Make Your Mark: Why Legacy Still Matters." Lewis-Hall earned her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine.
Robin Mockenhaupt is chief of staff of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she provides leadership to the CEO, senior management team, staff and Board of Trustees. Earlier, she was deputy group director for the health group and a senior program officer working in the areas of health behavior, obesity and chronic disease management. Mockenhaupt also chairs Grantmakers in Health, is vice chair of the Francis E. Parker Memorial Home Board of Trustees and a member of the American Society on Aging, where she sits on the Generations Editorial Review Board. Previously, she managed AARP's health advocacy services and the National Resource Center on Health Promotion and Aging, and co-authored the book "Healthy Aging." She has also worked at the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University and the National Health Screening Council. Mockenhaupt has a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, an M.P.H. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
Philip Pizzo is founding director of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute and is the David and Susan Heckerman professor of pediatrics and of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, of which he is a former dean. Previously, he was physician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital in Boston and chair of the department of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Before that, Pizzo was head of the National Cancer Institute’s infectious disease section, chief of its pediatric department and acting scientific director of its clinical sciences division. His book “Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology” is in its seventh edition. PIzzo is a recipient of the American Pediatric Society’s John Howland Award for lifetime achievement. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and serves on the boards of the University of Rochester, Koc University in Turkey and the Ludwig Institute. Pizzo received his M.D. from the University of Rochester.
Andrew Sieg is head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Sieg joined Merrill Lynch in 1992 as an analyst and served in senior strategy and field leadership roles over the next 13 years. He rejoined the company in 2009 after a stint at Citigroup. He previously served as a White House aide on economic and domestic policy. In 2015, he represented Bank of America at the White House Conference on Aging. Sieg also represents Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the advisory boards of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and the Stanford University Center on Longevity. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Penn State and a master's from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Rodney Slater is a partner with Squire Patton Boggs, co-leading the law firm’s transportation, shipping and logistics practice. A former U.S. secretary of transportation, Slater helps clients integrate their interests in the overall vision for the transportation system of the 21st Century, an extension of his work for the federal government promoting a safer, more efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable worldwide transportation infrastructure. As secretary under President Bill Clinton, Slater passed the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century and the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century, among other initiatives. Slater previously served as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, where he oversaw development of an innovative financing program resulting in hundreds of transportation projects completed ahead of schedule and with greater cost efficiencies. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University and his J.D. at the University of Arkansas.
Trent Stamp has served as CEO of the Eisner Foundation since 2008. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California, the Center for the Future of Aging at the Milken Institute, Eisner Health and Southern California Grantmakers, where he chairs the audit committee. He teaches nonprofit management and leadership at USC and consults for the Committee on the Arts at the Aspen Institute. Previously, Stamp was the founding president of Charity Navigator. He holds a B.A. in law and society from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University.
Fernando Torres-Gil is director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also a professor of social welfare and public policy. He is a leading spokesperson on demographics, aging and public policy. In 2010, President Obama appointed him vice chair of the National Council on Disability. During the Clinton administration, Torres-Gil served as the first-ever assistant secretary on aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and in 1978, President Carter named him to the Federal Council on Aging. Torres-Gil is a board member of AARP and a member of the Academies of Public Administration, Gerontology and Social Insurance. He is the author of six books and more than 100 publications. Torres-Gil holds a B.A. in political science from San Jose State University and an M.S.W. and a Ph.D. in social policy, planning and research from the Heller Graduate School in Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
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