Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen is the acting director of the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA). In this role, he is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of programs and policies that help older New Yorkers and overseeing the administration of federal and state funded programs that assist more than 4.6 million older adults and 4+ million informal caregivers across New York State. Working with public and private partners at the state and local level, Greg is leading the effort to combat ageism, generalizations, and stereotypes about what aging is and demonstrating the value of not only the older population to their families, communities, and the state, but also the value of the network of aging services professionals in addressing social determinants of health and their role in helping older adults maintain their independence with dignity. Under Greg’s leadership, many innovative projects have been launched to improve the lives of older adults and their families including combatting isolation, loneliness and depression, lifelong learning opportunities, innovative projects supporting working and non-working caregivers that are being replicated across the nation. He led NYS pandemic response efforts for older adults and he speaks regularly throughout New York State and across the nation about how New York frames aging and the way NY serves older New Yorkers. With more than 30 years of experience in a variety of capacities serving older New Yorkers and their families, Greg served as chief of staff and legislative and policy director for Assemblyman Steve Englebright, former chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Aging. He was the first executive director of the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans and served as executive director of the New York State Coalition for the Aging, a nonprofit membership organization representing more than 200 community-based organizations providing non-medical long-term care to the state’s older adult population. He received his master’s degree in social work with a specialty in gerontology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

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