Five New Members Join NCOA Board of Directors

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Arlington, VA – Recently, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors, and leadership of the body transitioned to a new slate of officers.

The new members bring diverse knowledge and experience to the NCOA mission of improving the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. They include:

Kathy Greenlee is Vice President of Aging and Health Policy at the Center for Practical Bioethics. With nearly 20 years of experience overseeing and advocating for programs like the Older Americans Act, Meals on Wheels, long-term care, and Medicaid, Greenlee has been a profound figure in aging policy. She served as Assistant Secretary of Aging for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2009-2016.

DeDe Priest is a food executive with more than 30 years of experience delivering competitive growth creation and exceeding diverse customer needs. She has expertise in retail, consumer packaged goods, and private brands. During her tenure at Walmart, Priest led every food business, achieving transformational changes through innovation, simplicity in execution, and an understanding for ever-increasing consumer demand for quality, transparency, and freshness. Before joining Walmart, she held senior leadership roles at Safeway, Inc., Torbitt and Castleman, and Dole Packaged Foods.

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management at Yale School of Management, where he has taught since 1999. Before joining Yale, he was a professor at the Harvard Business School and a professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Sonnenfeld is the founder of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance and the world’s first school for chief executives.

Connie Weaver is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tracker Group, a group of accomplished entrepreneurial executives with demonstrated success helping companies grow profitably, transform, and effectively position themselves to maximize value. Before starting Tracker Group, Weaver served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at TIAA, where she led the successful transformation of the marketing strategy and iconic TIAA brand. Weaver’s leadership experience spans a variety of industries including publishing, technology, and telecommunications. She built and led award-winning organizations in marketing, investor relations, and communications as an executive at AT&T, Microsoft, McGraw-Hill, The Hartford Financial Services, Bearing Point, and MCI. Weaver serves on the boards of National Make-A-Wish, South Florida Red Cross, Connecticut Public Broadcasting, and the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital.

Peter Ziebelman is the managing partner of Palo Alto Venture Partners and a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ziebelman built a career helping entrepreneurs realize their dream through a combination of advice, guidance, and funding. He has served on the boards of dozens of privately held technology companies across a wide range of sectors, and he is an independent director to a select number of privately held companies. Ziebelman was named to AlwaysOn’s Venture Capital 100, the top 100 VCs for 2012.

At the same board meeting, James Knickman, the Robert Derzon Chair in Public and Health Affairs at the New York University, was named chair of the NCOA board; Sunder Joshi, former CFO of the American Heart Association, was elected secretary and treasurer; and Carol Zernial, Executive Director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation, became immediate past-chair. In addition, the meeting was the last as board members for Richard Browdie, Robert Blancato, and David Sidwell, who each completed a three-year appointment.

“I am excited to welcome Kathy, DeDe, Jeffrey, Connie, and Peter, with their extensive experience, influence, and diversity, to the NCOA Board,” said Knickman. “I look forward to the strategic and creative insight they can provide as NCOA develops new goals and tools that will continue to improve the lives of older Americans. I also wish to express my appreciation to the exiting board members—Richard, Bob, and David. Their dedication and thought leadership have enriched NCOA and impacted millions of lives.”

View the full NCOA Board of Directors here.

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.