Reframing Aging: Promoting Connection and Addressi

Shireen McSpadden, Executive Director, the San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging ServicesKate Hoepke, Executive Director, San Francisco Village
Many recognize San Francisco as a hub of technology and innovation, but few know that older people are actually the city’s fastest growing demographic. With six generations alive at the same time, we’ve reached an unprecedented point in history. When we work together and design solutions that recognize the strengths that all generations bring, we make space for more innovative programs and public policy that benefit our entire community. From grassroots and policy perspectives, this discussion will explore what an aging city means to its residents and what we can do to develop and maintain a vibrant, engaged and inclusive community. 
Shireen McSpadden is executive director of the San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services. She has 30 years of experience providing services to older people and adults with disabilities in both the nonprofit and public sectors. McSpadden has also served on the boards of numerous organizations and committees, including the Glide Foundation, the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, and state and federal associations of area agencies on aging.
Kate Hoepke has been a community builder for 35 years, in the field of aging since 2001 and as executive director of San Francisco Village since 2012. She is a leader in the national village movement and founding partner and chair of Village Movement California. She is the founder of 40 mothers clubs, social support networks for young families in the San Francisco Bay Area, which have served more than a million families since the early 1990s. Hoepke has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and an MBA from San Francisco State University, and she is a 2019–2020 Encore Public Voices fellow.
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium, San Francisco Time: 4:45 p.m. check-in, 5:15 p.m. program MLF: Grownups


Friday 31 December, 05:15 PM

till Friday 31 December 06:30 PM


The Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero San Francisco US

The Commonwealth Club

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The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum. We bring more than 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy to 22,000 members. The Club has offices in San Francisco and San Jose, with regular events in both cities, as well as programs in Marin and in Lafayette in the East Bay. For members outside the Bay Area, the Club's weekly radio broadcast—the oldest in the U.S., dating back to 1924—is carried acr...

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