Nora Super stepping down from White House Conference on Aging leadership

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Update: Nora Super joined the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging in February as chief of programs and services.

White House Conference on Aging Nora Super is leaving her role as executive director of the White House Conference on Aging, effective Feb. 5, to accept another position in the field of aging, Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee announced Jan. 28.

“At the end of last month, the White House Conference on Aging team published their final report. With that tremendous task behind her, Nora Super has decided to seek her fortunes elsewhere,” Greenlee said in a letter to staff. The move does not come as a surprise, given the nature of the conference, which is held only once per decade.

A lack of federal appropriations and the advent of technology and social media altered the conference from previous years, when it was a large, in-person meeting with delegates attending from around the country. In her role as executive director for the 2015 conference, Super met with experts and the general public from across the country as part of a “listening tour” and held five regional forums and smaller virtual events. The culminating event was a conference with a relatively small in-person attendance but a large attendance of those watching online.

“As a result, the 2015 conference was a huge success and included an unprecedented number of individuals participating in watch parties in every state in the nation,” Greenlee said.

Activities centered on four themes: long-term services and supports, elder justice, healthy aging and retirement security. The conference released policy briefs related to each theme. Efforts also observed the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security in 2015.

Super's appointment as executive director of the conference was announced in July 2014 in a blog post by Cecilia Munoz, assistant to President Barack Obama and director of the Domestic Policy Council. She formerly had directed public affairs for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Previous positions had included director of health and long-term care for the AARP, director of public policy and government relations at Kaiser Permanente, and principal research associate at the National Health Policy Forum.

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