Get to Know LeadingAge Leadership

As new members of LeadingAge, VNAA and ElevatingHOME members may be curious about the organization’s leadership team. Below is a brief introduction to LeadingAge’s CEO and the subject matter experts in advocacy, education, applied research, and technology.

Katie Smith Sloan, President and CEO: Katie discovered her career path--the nexus between public policy and aging--a few years out of college while working for former Sen. Tom Eagleton (D-MO), then the chairman of the Special Committee on Aging. From the Hill, she moved into nonprofits focused on aging and older adults, accruing 11 years of experience years at AARP before joining LeadingAge in 2002. Promoted to chief operating officer six months after her start as SVP of membership, Smith Sloan has been a primary force behind the organization’s growth and direction for over 15 years. She was named President and CEO in 2015.
Ruth Katz, Senior Vice President, Public Policy/Advocacy: A longtime policymaker and administrator at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with a focus on development and execution of policy research and analysis for programs in aging, long-term services and supports, and disability, Ruth joined LeadingAge in February 2018. She oversees the public policy team and oversees the successful execution of LeadingAge’s public policy agenda, including legislation and regulation.
Julieta Holguin, Senior Vice President of Education: Julieta came to LeadingAge from the National Council on Aging and since 2000 has held a variety of roles on LeadingAge’s education and leadership development team, rising to her current position. She leads the conceptualization, curation, and dissemination of high-quality content for the organization’s comprehensive education portfolio, including the online Learning Hub, ensuring the consistent delivery of member value and promotion of the LeadingAge brand, mission, and strategic priorities. 
Robyn Stone, Senior Vice President, Research, and Co-Director, LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston: Robyn leads the Center in its mission to create a bridge among the policy, practice, and research communities to advance the development of high-quality services, and ensures that the Center provides a forum for the health, supportive services, and housing communities to explore and develop policies and programs to meet the needs of an aging society. Robyn joined LeadingAge from the International Longevity Center-USA in New York and has also served as acting assistant secretary for aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration. She has a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Majd Alwan, Senior Vice President, Technology and Executive Director, Center for Aging Services Technologies: Majd is the creator and leader of a network of technology companies, providers and research institutions focused on technology solutions for an aging society. The network advances the interests of older consumers, caregivers, and providers and fosters opportunities for collaboration between provider organizations, tech companies, and research institutions in exploring product development, testing prototypes, evaluating technology, and deploying tech-enabled care models. Majd received his Ph.D. in intelligent robotics from Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of London.
Niles Godes, Senior Vice President, Congressional Affairs: Niles leads LeadingAge’s work to advance the organization’s public policy agenda on Capitol Hill, bringing to bear his significant Hill experience. He has worked for lawmakers including Sen. Byron Dorgan, served as Democratic staff director of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, and also represented nonprofit organization clients as a lobbyist. Niles started at LeadingAge in 2014. 
Katie and the team are thrilled to welcome VNAA and ElevatingHOME members to the LeadingAge family. We encourage you to visit the LeadingAge website to learn more about the leadership and the breadth of the staff skills and expertise. And, as always, if questions arise in the course of your exploration, please contact us.

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