Nora OBrien-Suric, Ph.D., became the president of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York in 2017. She has over 16 years of experience in philanthropy developing national and regional initiatives that improve care for older adults including helping to establish the Aging and Disability Business Institute. Nora also has 6 years of experience working with the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance developing partnerships with organizations in order to help societies address longevity and population aging in positive and productive ways. In this capacity, Nora was the vice chair of the NGO Committee on Aging which provided consultation to the development of the United Nations International Plan on Action on Ageing in 2002. Early in her career, Nora developed programs that benefited older adults and their caregivers, including helping to establish the Partnership for Elder Care, a corporate consultation service that assisted employed caregivers in navigating the social services networks and health care maze.
Dr. OBrien-Suric holds a doctoral degree in social welfare from Hunter College School of Social Work, a master’s degree in Gerontology from the California State University at Dominguez Hills, and a certificate in geriatric mental health counseling from the University of Southern California Davis School. She is a member of the Ad Hoc Committee to Lead the NYS Prevention Agenda, a member of the Age-Friendly NYC Commission and an immediate past member of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee to the Veterans Health Administration. Nora is the proud grandmother of 4 who are teaching her that there is more to life than aging.