NCOA Thought Leaders
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NCOA Thought Leaders


Meet NCOA's thought leaders—experts on everything from falls prevention and benefits access to healthy aging and economic security for vulnerable seniors.

Our leaders are available for media interviews and speaking engagements:

James Firman
President and CEO

For more than 30 years, James Firman, EdD, has been a leading force for innovation in services, programs, and public policies for older persons.

Jay Greenberg
President, NCOA Services, LLC

Jay Greenberg, ScD, leads NCOA's social enterprise to create and diffuse sustainable, scalable solutions to key issues facing an aging society.

Richard Birkel
Senior Vice President,
Healthy Aging and Director, Self-Management Alliance

Richard Birkel, PhD, MPA, has been a public health activist and advocate for more than 30 years.

(Bonita) Lynn Beattie
Vice President, Injury Prevention

Lynn Beattie is a national expert on reducing falls and fall-related injuries in older adults.

Howard Bedlin
Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy

Howard Bedlin is responsible for all of NCOA's federal and state legislative advocacy efforts on issues and programs of concern to older adults.

Ramsey Alwin
Vice President, Economic Security

Ramsey Alwin creates and implements NCOA's strategic vision for comprehensive, person-centered economic assistance for vulnerable older adults.

Leslie Fried
Senior Director, Center for Benefits Access

Leslie Fried advocates for improved access to Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other public benefits for disadvantaged older adults.

Sharon Gleason
Chief Development Officer

Sharon Gleason is responsible for helping NCOA achieve its goals by enlisting the support of corporate, foundation, and individual partners and donors.




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