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Advisory Committee

Laura Carstensen Laura Carstensen is a professor of psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University. She is also the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, which explores innovative solutions to the problems of people over 50 and aims to improve the well-being of people of all ages. She is best known in academia for socioemotional selectivity theory, a life-span theory of motivation, and has published more than 125 articles on life-span development. Her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging for more than 20 years. Carstensen is the author of A Long Bright Future: An Action Plan for a Lifetime of Happiness, Health, and Financial Security. She is a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America. She has chaired two studies for the National Academy of Sciences: The Aging Mind and When I'm 64. A member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on an Aging Society, she has won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Distinguished Career Award from the Gerontological Society of America. Carstensen holds a B.S. from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from West Virginia University.

Henry Cisneros Henry Cisneros is executive chairman of City View, which works with urban homebuilders to create housing priced within reach of average families. In 1981, Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city, San Antonio, Texas. In 1986, he was named "Outstanding Mayor" by City and State magazine. In 1992, President Clinton named Cisneros the secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where Cisneros personally worked with officials in more than 200 cities in all 50 states. After leaving HUD in 1997, Cisneros became president and chief operating officer of Univision Communications and still sits on its Board of Directors. He has also served as president of the National League of Cities and as deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Cisneros is currently a member of the advisory boards of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation. He is the author and editor of several books, including Interwoven Destinies: Cities and the Nation and Opportunity and Progress: A Bipartisan Platform for National Housing Policy. Cisneros holds bachelor's and master's degrees in urban and regional planning from Texas A&M University, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in public administration from George Washington University.

Joseph F. Coughlin Joseph F. Coughlin is director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. His research and teaching seek to identify how global aging, technology and consumer behavior drive innovations in business and government to improve the quality of life of older adults and the people who care for them. He was named one of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business" and the Wall Street Journal's "12 Pioneers Inventing the Future of Retirement." Coughlin is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Switzerland's World Demographics & Ageing Forum. He has also served on advisory boards for British Telecom, Daimler, Fidelity Investments, Healthways, Toyota, the OECD and the World Economic Forum as well as the White House Conference on Aging Advisory Committee. Prior to MIT, he was with EG&G, a Fortune 1000 science and technology company. Coughlin produces the blog Disruptive Demographics. He holds a B.A., A.M. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Oswego, Brown University and Boston University, respectively.

Ken Dychtwald Ken Dychtwald is president and CEO of Age Wave, a firm he created in 1986 to guide Fortune 500 companies and government groups in product/service development for baby boomers and mature adults. Dychtwald has emerged as North America's foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health-care and workforce implications of the age wave. He is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur and best-selling author of 16 books on aging-related issues, including "Age Wave: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society," "Age Power: How the 21st Century will be Ruled by the New Old, Healthy Aging" and "A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success." A recipient of the American Society on Aging Award for outstanding leadership in the field, he holds a B.A. in psychology from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Union Institute.

Marc Freedman Marc Freedman is CEO and founder of Civic Ventures, a think tank on baby boomers, work and social purpose. He spearheaded the creation of Experience Corps, now one of America's largest nonprofit national service programs, and The Purpose Prize, awarded to social innovators in the second half of life. Freedman was described by The New York Times as "the voice of aging baby boomers who are eschewing retirement for ... meaningful and sustaining work later in life." He is the author of several books; his latest is "The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Between Midlife and Old Age." Recognized by Fast Company as one of the nation's leading social entrepreneurs, Freedman is an Ashoka Senior Fellow and the 2010 recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds an M.B.A. from Yale University and was a visiting research fellow of Kings College, University of London.

Bill Frey Bill Frey is a senior fellow at the Milken Institute, visiting fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and research professor on the faculty of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He is an internationally regarded demographer in the fields of migration, population redistribution and the demography of metropolitan areas as well as an expert on the U.S. Census. Frey has held positions at the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis at State University of New York at Albany, the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington — Seattle. He was a visiting research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the Andrew W. Mellon Research Scholar at the Population Reference Bureau and the Hewlett Visiting Scholar at Child Trends. He was also a consultant for the 1995 President's National Urban Policy Report and for the State of Cities 2000 Report. Frey received his Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University.

Michael Hodin Michael Hodin is executive director of the Global Coalition on Aging and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also managing director of the High Lantern Group. Previously Hodin was a senior executive at Pfizer Inc. for 30 years, leading its International Public Affairs and Policy Operations. In the late 1970s, he was a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and a visiting scholar on U.S. foreign economic policy at the Brookings Institution. He sits on the boards of the Foreign Policy Association, the New York Blood Center, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University and Emigrant Savings Bank. Hodin holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an M.Phil and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

David Kirchhoff David Kirchhoff is a director and president and CEO of Weight Watchers International. Previously he has served as president of and chief operating officer for Weight Watchers in Europe and Asia. Before Weight Watchers, Kirchhoff served as chief financial officer of the Enthusiast Media Group of Primedia Inc., a print and digital content provider; director of corporate strategy and development for Pepsico Inc.; and a manager and consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a B.S. in biomedical and electrical engineering from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School Of Business.

Paul Kusserow Paul Kusserow is senior vice president and chief strategy and corporate development officer of Humana Inc. Before joining Humana, he was managing director of private equity at B.C. Ziegler and Co.; managing director and chief investment officer of the Ziegler HealthVest Fund, where he focused on early-stage investments in health-care services and health-care IT; and managing director of San Ysidro Capital Partners LLC. He also served as Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s senior vice president for corporate strategy and venture investments, and founded Tenet Ventures. He began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. Kusserow holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Sherry Lansing Sherry Lansing is CEO of the Sherry Lansing Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to cancer research and public education. Among its initiatives is the EnCorps Teachers Program, which retrains technology professionals as California math and science teachers. Lansing is also founder of PrimeTime LAUSD, which engages retirees in public education through targeted volunteerism. In addition, she is chairman of the University of California Board of Regents and co-founder of the Stand Up To Cancer initiative. During nearly 30 years in the movie business, Lansing was involved in the production, marketing and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners "Forrest Gump," "Braveheart" and "Titanic." In 1980 she became the first woman to head a major film studio as when she was appointed president of 20th Century Fox. In 1992 she was named chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. Lansing sits on numerous boards, including the Carter Center and the Lasker Foundation.

Nancy LeaMond Nancy LeaMond is executive vice president of AARP's State and National Group. A member of AARP's executive leadership team, she leads government affairs, public education and integrated legislative and educational campaigns. In the Clinton administration, she was chief of staff and assistant U.S. trade representative for congressional affairs in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as well as a senior adviser to the secretary of commerce. She has extensive experience in health-care and pension issues, having worked in the Public Health Service, Medicaid, Office of Management and Budget, Department of Education and Congress as a senior lawmaker's chief of staff. She was also president of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan forum on education and economic competitiveness. LeaMond is a member of the International Women's Forum and the Centre for Development and Population Activities board, and the Dean's Advisory Leadership Council at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College and a master's in public policy and urban planning from the Kennedy School.

Freda Lewis-Hall Freda Lewis-Hall is chief medical officer of Pfizer Medical, the division devoted to the safe, effective and appropriate use of every Pfizer product. Previously, she was a leader in medical affairs and biomedical product development with Vertex, Pharmacia, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly. She has held leadership, medical and research positions at the National Institute of Mental Health and the Howard University Hospital and College of Medicine. In 2010, the White House appointed her to the Board of Governors for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She serves on the boards of The Institute of Medicine's Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation; the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health; the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows; the Society for Women's Health Research; and the American Heart Association's Power to End Stroke initiative. She is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association's 2011 "Woman of the Year," she is one of Black Enterprise magazine's "75 Most Powerful Women in Business" and one of Black Health magazine's "25 Most Influential African-Americans in Health Care." She holds a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.D. from the Howard University College of Medicine.

Jane E. Shaw Jane E. Shaw has been a director of Intel since 1993 and chairman of the board since 2009. Her research career at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology in the field of prostaglandin biochemistry resulted in numerous publications and patents. Shaw joined the Alza Corp., a pharmaceutical company, as a research scientist in 1970 and led the development and registration of numerous transdermal patches for drug delivery through the skin. She was president and chief operating officer of Alza from 1987 to 1994, when she founded The Stable Network, a biopharmaceutical consulting company. From 1998 to 2005 she was chairman and CEO of Aerogen, Inc., a specialty medical-device company that developed drug-device combination aerosol products for patients with respiratory disorders. Shaw serves on the boards of McKesson Corp. and Aerosurgical Ltd., and she previously served on the boards of Aviron and OfficeMax Inc. Shaw received a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Birmingham, England.

Rodney E. Slater Rodney E. Slater is a partner at Patton Boggs, LLP, a leading law and public policy firm. At Patton Boggs, Slater continues to advance a vision he set as President Clinton's secretary of Transportation for a safer, more efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable transportation system. Previously Slater served as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and in various senior leadership positions in the state of Arkansas. He is a senior fellow with the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University as well as a fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration and the Clinton Global Initiative. Slater is a member of several corporate and nonprofit boards, including Atkins, Kansas City Southern Railroad, Southern Bancorp, Transurban, Verizon, United Way of America, United Way Worldwide, National Urban League, National Smithsonian and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. He holds a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas.

Fernando Torres-Gil Fernando Torres-Gil is associate dean of academic affairs at the School of Public Affairs, professor of social welfare and public policy and the director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has extensive government and public policy experience, including as the first assistant secretary for aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), appointed by President Clinton. He also worked with HHS Secretary Donna Shalala in overseeing aging policy throughout the federal government, managing the Administration on Aging and organizing the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. Most recently he served as an advisor on aging and long-term care to President Obama's transition team. He sits on numerous boards, including the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the AARP Foundation and The California Endowment.

Leading the Best Cities for Successful Aging initiative for the Milken Institute:

Paul H. Irving Paul H. Irving is senior managing director, chief operating officer and member of the board of the Milken Institute. Previously, Irving was an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University and chairman, CEO and managing partner of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a prominent national law and consulting firm. At the Institute, Irving leads strategic programs, including the Best Cities for Successful Aging initiative to address older Americans' aspirations to remain vital, healthy and actively engaged in their communities. Now in his own encore career, Irving intends for the initiative to broaden the national dialogue and drive progressive policies, best practices and innovative programs to improve seniors' lives. A frequent speaker on leadership and strategy, Irving is a board member of East West Bancorp, Inc. and a senior advisor to Milestone Advisors, LLC. He also serves on the boards of charitable and civic organizations, including Civic Ventures and Operation Hope, and as a senior advisor to TrueSpark and Peace First. Irving is a graduate of New York University and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he served as an adjunct professor and received the Board of Governors Award for outstanding contributions to society and the law.