Nora OBrien-Suric, Ph.D.


Nora OBrien-Suric, Ph.D., became the president of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York in 2017.

Prior to her recent appointment, Nora served as a senior program officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation for eight years, where she was responsible for the development and oversight of national grants that improve care for older adults.

Nora has more than 25 years of experience in the field of aging, including serving as a program officer at the Brookdale Foundation and the director of partnerships at the International Longevity Center-USA.

Earlier in her career, she was the founding manager of the Partnership for Eldercare Corporate Consultation Services, a development director for CityMeals-on-Wheels for the New York City Department for the Aging, and a subject matter expert in Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, and Adult Protective Services at the Institute on Law and Rights for Older Adults at the Brookdale Center on Aging.

Other positions have included a geriatric mental health specialist and a geriatric social worker and discharge planner.

Nora 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 Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee to the Veterans Health Administration; a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and is the Chair of their social work section; a member of the Age-Friendly NYC Commission and is a Co-Chair of their Public Safety Task Force; an immediate past member of the editorial board of Generations of the American Society on Aging; a former U.N. representative for the International Association of Geriatricians and Gerontologists, and is the past chair of the Gerontological Committee of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Nora is happy to have relocated to Buffalo, NY with her husband, their rescue dog, and two cockatiels.