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The Problem of Poverty isn’t Getting any Younger: A Funder Briefing on Poverty and Aging

Thursday, July 27, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:30pm PDT
Metta Fund
850 Battery St #100, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Of the many causes for worry, pressures on the elderly in our region rarely find their way to the top of the list. Nonetheless, the same inequities driving hardship today only worsen with age. Our region’s increasing poles of wealth and poverty and racial disparities mean people getting older will need thoughtful action now if we are to build the kind of inclusive participatory communities we value.

Women, people of color, immigrants, singles and renters are amongst those who face the highest barriers in our region to retiring with enough resources to eat the food they need, have a place to call home and tend to their health.

The combination of these factors exacerbates vulnerabilities which means, older African American women living alone have nearly triple the poverty rate of women overall at 30 percent. Women’s poverty overall is 11.6 percent while the rate for men is 6.8 percent.

Our thoughtful panel brings expertise to a custom-crafted discussion for funders of many stripes. This briefing will equip members with thoughtful insights into the ways that inequity plays out as we age across economic justice, racial equity, asset building, women’s issues, workforce development, and social determinants of health.

Target Audience

This program is open to members of NCG and the Asset Funders Network. If you are not a member of NCG, please register by emailing



John Feather, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer of Grantmakers In Aging, the national society of grantmaking foundations and other organizations that work to improve the lives of older people. Prior to beginning that position on October 1, 2011, Dr. Feather was Executive Director and CEO of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the national membership organization of pharmacists who specialize in care of older persons. Until 2002, he was Director of the AARP Andrus Foundation, the research and education charity of AARP.  

For the seventeen years prior to that appointment in 1995, Dr. Feather held several positions at the State University of New York at Buffalo, including Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, and Executive Director of the Primary Care Resource Center. Prior to that he was Director of the Western New York Geriatric Education Center.  

Dr. Feather is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging, Past Treasurer of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, and a former officer or Board member of 12 other national non-profit organizations.  In March 2015, he received the ASA Award, the highest honor of the American Society on Aging for his work in policy, practice, and education.

Dr. Feather is an organizational sociologist by training and received his undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin and his masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has earned the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Kevin Prindiville is Justice in Aging’s Executive Director. He is a nationally recognized expert on Medicare and Medicaid policy and has served as counsel in several class action lawsuits protecting low-income senior’s access to public benefits.

Kevin has a long history of developing partnerships and directing strategic advocacy efforts. The author of numerous articles, reports and briefs, he frequently testifies before legislators, presents at national conferences and works closely with both federal and state regulatory agencies. He also is quoted often in national and California media. Kevin is on the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging.

Prior to joining Justice in Aging, Prindiville worked as a staff attorney at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project in Philadelphia where he represented low-income individuals having trouble obtaining health care. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of California, San Diego. Kevin is admitted to the California Bar.

Steven P. Wallace, PhD, is the chair and professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (Center). Wallace is a leading national scholar in the area of aging in communities of color. He has published research on access to long-term care by diverse elderly groups, disparities in the consequences of health policy changes on racial/ethnic minority elderly, and the politics of aging. His research covers older Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian-Pacific Islander Americans, and African Americans. He has also published research on immigrant health for more than 20 years. The over 70 scientific articles that Wallace has published appear in journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Gerontology, and Social Science and Medicine. Ten of his publications have been reprinted in edited books and he has coauthored more than two dozen policy briefs and reports at the Center. 

Wallace is currently PI of a DHHS-funded project to increase the use of clinical preventive services among adults age 50+ in South Los Angeles County, another funded by CDC to increase the supply of smoke-free market-rate apartments in South LA, and a project looking at how Community Health Centers are providing access to care to the remaining uninsured post-ACA implementation. With support from the Wellness Foundation he has produced a series of reports on vulnerable elderly populations in California over the past several years. He is Director of the Coordinating Center for the NIA-funded Resource Centers on Minority Aging Research and co-director for evaluation of the NIH's Diversity Consortium. He is a past chair of the Gerontological Health Section of APHA and a past chair of the Task Force on Health and Aging of the Association of Schools of Public Health. In 2000, Wallace received a Fulbright Fellowship to research and lecture in Chile, where he studied the impact of public policies on health equity for the elderly. 

His current research also focuses on healthy aging among older Californians, measuring income security for older adults, and studying access to care issues of Mexican immigrants. Wallace received his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.