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Aging Intersections: A Funder Network | Conversation about Older Adults and COVID-19

Friday, April 10, 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm PDT
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A lifetime of inequity—whether racial, economic, or gender-based— is compounded in old age. The global COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated and laid bare the unmet needs facing older adults, who are among the hardest hit by this current crisis. 

Please join us for the launch of the new Aging Intersections: A Funder Network to learn more about what foundations and public agencies can do to better address disadvantages that older adults– both from communities of color, and those who are economically insecure – face in our society. 

 The purpose of this call is to inform funders about this new resource seeking to advance equity in aging. Speakers who are deeply engaged in the public sector, policy advocacy, and private philanthropy will present their perspectives. This meeting also provides an opportunity to learn and share with a diverse network of colleagues that provide (or are considering providing) financial resources to support the health and wellbeing of older adults.

Join us to learn about:

  • The value of a new resource, Aging Intersections: A Funder Network
  • How public and private funders play a role to help meet immediate needs, leverage resources, and address systemic issues that drive the inequities older adults are experiencing with the COVID crisis and beyond.

Aging Intersections: A Funder Network provides opportunities for funders to actively learn, express challenges, and develop collective solutions, on a variety of issues that intersect and impact older adults through quarterly learning events.

People who participate in Aging Intersections learning events represent organizations with financial resources that are or may be directed to addressing a myriad of issues that impact older adults.  Participants may represent public and private foundations, public offices and agencies, corporations, etc.

More information about Aging Intersections: A Funder Network can be found here.


Shireen McSpadden, Executive Director, Department of Disability and Aging Services

Shireen McSpadden was appointed Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging by Mayor Edwin Lee in December of 2015. Prior to that appointment, she served as Deputy Director of the department since 2003. Ms. McSpadden has nearly 30 years’ experience providing services to people with disabilities and seniors, in both the nonprofit and public sectors. She has served on the boards of local community organizations and committees such as Glide, the San Francisco Palliative Care Workgroup, the San Francisco Long Term Care Coordinating Council, and the community advisory board of UCSF’s Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. She currently serves as president of the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging. She is also a board member, representing California, for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Ms. McSpadden earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is an alumna of Leadership San Francisco.

Claire Ramsey, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

Claire Ramsey joined Justice in Aging’s Health Care team in June 2016 and focuses on Home and Community Based Services, including In-Home Supportive Services. Claire formerly worked as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County where she represented seniors on issues involving health care, public benefits, and elder abuse. Prior to Legal Aid, Claire worked at Child Care Law Center, first as an Equal Justice Works fellow and then as a staff attorney. She received her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2006 with a concentration on Public Interest Law.

Janet Y. Spears, CEO, Metta Fund

Janet Y. Spears is Chief Executive Officer of Metta Fund, a private foundation dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of San Francisco’s aging population. Established in 1998, the foundation has a current endowment of more than $70 million and grants out approximately $2.4 million per year. Under Janet’s leadership, Metta Fund has pursued an audacious vision of an inclusive, connected, multi-generational, healthy and thriving San Francisco. She has established new organizational priorities and spearheaded innovative opportunities for collaboration in service of the health and wellness of the community.

Wendy Todd, Wendy Todd Consulting (Moderator)

Wendy Todd is an independent consultant who helps mission-driven organizations learn, strategize, and make change. Wendy’s expertise is in gathering and synthesizing information to facilitate data-driven decision-making. In addition, Wendy is known for successfully facilitating cross-sector collaborations to advance social change.


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This program is open to NCG members and nonmember funders.

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