BOARD OF DIRECTORS
For twelve years after graduating from law school, Ms. Lieberman was a litigation Associate and, later, a Partner, at the DC law firm of Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman). Following a move to Arizona in 1992, she followed her passion and became the Director of Advocacy for Community Legal Services (CLS), supervising the free civil legal assistance CLS provides to low-income persons in five Arizona counties and to migrant farmworkers statewide. After six years in Arizona, she became the Director of Advocacy and later Deputy Executive Director for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland (LAB), where she was responsible for the direction and quality of the program’s legal services, including major litigation and appeals in both federal and state court. Litigation that she led at LAB established important precedents in juvenile rights, housing, and constitutional protections for immigrants. Under her guidance, LAB developed new areas of practice and expanded its training program.
After 10 years at LAB, Ms. Lieberman opened her own consulting firm to assist legal aid programs across the country develop the quality and impact of their work. Her work focused on strategic planning, advocacy support, training and evaluation, and served a wide variety of clients, including statewide, regional, and city-wide legal services organizations, funders of legal services, and national organizations. While a consultant, Ms. Lieberman also served as the part-time Interim Director of Advocacy and Special Litigation for Legal Services of New York City – Bronx.
In 2012, Ms. Lieberman joined Neighborhood Legal Services Program for the District of Columbia (NLSP) as its Executive Director, where she led a significant program restructuring, substantially diversified and strengthened its financial base, improved the quality, impact and strategic focus of its services and rehabilitated its reputation in the DC and national legal services communities.
In 2005, Ms. Lieberman received the Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation. She is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Prior to this appointment, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor within the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In that role, he implemented, directed and monitored national grant programs and projects designed to support and improve the delivery of long-term services and supports within and across States. Jean also led a team in exploring potential implications for creating a seamless experience through benefit design and a path to affordable coverage by 2014 between Medicaid, CHIP, the Exchanges and Basic Health Programs for the aged, blind and disabled populations.
Dr. Accius sits on the Generations Editorial Advisory Committee for the American Society on Aging. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and also serves on the Board for the Florida State University Alumni Association. He holds a master’s degree in aging studies from the Claude Pepper Institute at Florida State University, and a Ph.D, in Public Administration from American University.
Fernando M. Torres-Gil is a Professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy at UCLA, an Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at USC, and Director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. He earned his first presidential appointment in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the Federal Council on Aging. He was selected as a White House Fellow and served under Joseph Califano, then Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), and continued as a Special Assistant to the subsequent Secretary of HEW, Patricia Harris. He was appointed (with Senate Confirmation) by President Bill Clinton as the first-ever U.S. Assistant Secretary on Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). As the Clinton Administration’s chief advocate on aging, Torres-Gil played a key role in promoting the importance of the issues of aging, long-term care and disability, community services for the elderly, and baby boomer preparation for retirement. He served under HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, managing the Administration on Aging and organizing the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, in addition to serving as a member of the President’s Welfare Reform Working Group. In 2010 he received his third presidential appointment (with Senate Confirmation) when President Barack Obama appointed him as Vice Chair of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that reports to the Congress and White House on federal matters related to disability policy. During his public service in Washington, D.C., he also served as Staff Director of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging under his mentor, Congressman Edward R. Roybal.
At the local level, Torres-Gil has served as the Vice President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission and a member of the Harbor and Taxi Commissions for the city of Los Angeles. He currently serves Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as an appointed member of the Board of Airport Commissioners.
Dr. Torres-Gil was born and raised in Salinas, California, the son of migrant farm workers. He earned his A.A. in Political Science at Hartnell Community College (1968), a B.A. with honors in Political Science from San Jose State University (1970), and an M.S.W. (1972) and Ph.D. (1976) in Social Policy, Planning and Research from the Heller Graduate School in Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Russell Hirschhorn is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department at Proskauer and is based in New York City. Russell represents plan fiduciaries, trustees, sponsors and service providers on the full range of ERISA and state law benefit and fiduciary issues. He represents clients across a wide array of publicly-held, multi-national companies and privately owned companies across a multitude of industries including, banking, finance and investments, pharmaceuticals, retail products and construction, to name just a few. In addition, he also counsels benefit plan clients on a host of compliance and federal and state government agency enforcement matters, including complex and lengthy investigations and audits by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor. Russell is management co-chair of the American Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee. He also writes on cutting-edge ERISA litigation issues, serving as the co-editor of the Firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Blog and as a contributing author and a past chapter editor to Employee Benefits Law (BNA Fourth Edition). Deeply dedicated to pro bono work, Russell was a principal drafter of several amicus briefs for the Innocence Project, a legal non-profit committed to exonerating wrongly convicted people. Russell has been recognized on several occasions for his commitment to pro bono work including by President George W. Bush in receiving the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Professor Marciarille is a summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where her studies were focused on public interest representation. She also holds a Masters in Theology, specializing in ethics, from Harvard Divinity School.
She has published articles on Medicare reform, health care finance reform and health care provider quality issues. Professor Marciarille taught Health Law, Health Care Reform, Elder Law, Disability Law, and Public Health Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Boalt Hall/Berkeley Law School and Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Dr. Stanford began his career at Iowa State University and subsequently worked at the US Department of Health and Human Services in the Administration on Aging. While serving as a Congressional Fellow, he worked in the House of Representatives and Senate focusing on Veteran’s Affairs. As a professor at San Diego State University (SDSU), he founded the University Center on Aging, The National Institute on Minority Aging and the Gerontology Department and was Interim Director of the School of Social Work. Stanford continues to serve as Professor Emeritus at SDSU. He is a widely published author of several books and articles on a wide range of Age-related topics.
Leadership roles have been assumed in numerous professional organizations such as The Gerontological Society of America, The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and The American Bar Association Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly. Dr. Stanford has been appointed to several National, State and local Commissions and Task Forces including White House Conferences on Aging.
An urban planner by trade, Villers previously founded New Communities Housing Management Corporation and also was research director for the Interfaith Housing Corporation and the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. She has served on the boards of several national, state and local organizations, including the Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts, Women and Foundations, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Concord Housing Authority and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. She chairs the Community Catalyst board of directors, and serves on the boards of Massachusetts Health Care for All and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation. She has a master’s degree in urban affairs from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Grinnell College.