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About Us

The Aging Action Initiative is a collaborative network that promotes a healthy, safe, and engaging quality of life for all older adults to thrive in Marin County. Comprised of over 250 partner organizations from the nonprofit, government, and healthcare sectors, AAI is proud to focus on aging equity issues through policy advocacy, education, and service innovation.
AAI offers a free workshop on mental health and dementia called Detect&Connect². The workshop illustrates: how to detect behaviors, understand typical versus less common aging behaviors, connect with older adults, and use techniques to respond with empathy and compassion to concerning behaviors. The workshop also provides participants with information about support services in the community. Detect&Connect² was created and produced by the members of the Marin Aging Action Initiative’s Mental Health and Dementia Workgroup, and is funded through a grant from the Mental Health Services Act, Marin County. To learn more or schedule a workshop for your organization, email or fill out the interest form here.
AAI offers Inform&Connect academies every fall, a free training designed for help-desk, information hotline, front-line volunteers and staff who work with the public to provide information about programs and services for older people in Marin. Specialists share their expertise and resources through presentations and audience Q&A. Check our events page for dates of upcoming academies.
AAI advocates on behalf of our network for local and statewide policy changes on the following topics:
  • Health
  • Economic security
  • Housing
  • Transportation
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Steering Committee

The Aging Action Initiative is governed by a Steering Committee that meets quarterly to provide oversight and guidance to the overall direction. Committee members serve as advocates and ambassadors for AAI in the community and maintain a high degree of familiarity with the issues, concerns and trends in the aging sector.

Aging Action Initiative About

Dario Santiago, Executive Director

Eli Gelardin, Executive Director

Juanita Edwards, Senior Services Coordinator

Teri Dowling, Commissioner

Chantel Walker, Assistant Director of County Library Services

Lisa Santora, Deputy Public Health Officer

Skip Schwartz, Executive Director

Gina Tucker-Roghi, Dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences

Michelle Javid, Manager of Business Development, Seniors at Home division

Lee Pullen, Director

Nancy Roybal, Board President
Gloria Gardner Rees, Board Vice President

Tyla Brown, Partnership Development Manager

Robert Betts, Director of Planning & Operations

Anne Grey, Chief Executive Officer

Lorena Garbarino, Provider Relations Specialist


Aging Action Initiative About
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