President and CEO
Susan Peschin, MHS, is president and CEO at the Alliance for Aging Research. While at the Alliance, Ms. Peschin has led efforts to: improve healthcare-associated infection surveillance and control, and antibiotic stewardship, in long-term care; significantly increase funding for Alzheimer’s disease and aging research as chair of the Friends of the National Institute on Aging (NIA); co-organize and fundraise for a first-ever summit on geroscience at the NIH; and produce an award-winning film on geroscience and extension of healthspan. Additionally, Ms. Peschin has led her colleagues at the Alliance to increase annual revenue by 10 percent in the most recent year; to update financial and grants management processes for the organization; to identify and secure several new funding streams; and to successfully transition with the organization’s founder.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Peschin was vice president of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), where she successfully advocated for passage of health reform provisions for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their family caregivers; achieved a doubling of appropriations for the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program; co-chaired the Leaders Engaged in Alzheimer’s Disease coalition; and served as an advisor on the “Caregiver Initiative” included in the 2010 annual report for the Middle Class Task Force, chaired by Vice President Joe Biden. Ms. Peschin has published studies on cognitive screening, federal funding at the National Institute on Aging, 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 as a board member for the American Aging Association; as a Steering Committee member for the Coalition for Imaging & Bioengineering Research; and as a member of the Expert Panel on Respite Research convened by the Lifespan Respite TA Center at the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center in collaboration with the Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging.
Ms. Peschin earned a B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University and an MHS degree in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.