President and CEO
Susan Peschin, MHS, is president and CEO at the Alliance for Aging Research. Since 2012, Ms. Peschin has led efforts to: improve infection control and antibiotic stewardship in long-term care; boost immunization rates among older adults; significantly increase NIH Alzheimer’s disease and aging research funding; raise awareness of geriatric cardiac issues; develop a senior patient and family caregiver network through a PCORI engagement grant; and co-organize a first-ever NIH geroscience summit.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Peschin was vice president of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) from 2007-2011, where she successfully advocated for passage of ACA provisions for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers; achieved a doubling of appropriations for the DOJ’s Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program; co-established and co-chaired the LEAD coalition; and served as an advisor on the Middle Class Task Force Caregiver Initiative, chaired by Vice President Joe Biden. Ms. Peschin has published studies on cognitive screening; federal funding at the NIA; and policy recommendations for implementation of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act.
Previous to her work at AFA, Ms. Peschin ran her own consulting business, offering lobby day training and strategic planning services. She also worked for more than 10 years in firearms violence prevention, at the Consumer Federation of America and the Violence Policy Center, where she led advocacy efforts to pass the 1996 Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban.
Ms. Peschin currently serves on the Board of Heart Valve Voice U.S. and the National Council on Patient Information and Education; on the World Economic Forum’s Council on Human Enhancement; on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute on Aging at the NIH; on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Imaging & Bioengineering Research; and as a member of the Lifespan Domain Task Force for the Clinical & Translational Science Award program, funded by NCATS at the NIH.
Ms. Peschin earned a B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University, and an M.H.S. degree in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.