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Age-Friendly DC Task Force

Age-Friendly DC relies on the advice and expertise of its task force, charged with contributing to the District’s second 5-year strategic plan. The Task Force is comprised of DC agency leaders and community representatives, appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser. The three pillars symbolize Age-Friendly DC's efforts to make DC more accessible for all age groups. Within Pillars, domains are overseen by knowledgeable DC residents dedicated to each area of interest.

The Age-Friendly DC  2018-2023 Task Force has finished its order from Mayor Muriel Bowser.  The Age-Friendly DC 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. Released by the Mayor in October 2018 was implemented and evaluated.  A final report will be released by the Mayor soon.

The 2024-2028 Age-Friendly DC Task Force is expected to begin its work in March.  The announcement of the launch meeting and the agenda will be posted as soon as they are available.

The final 2018-2023 report describes the results of the  5-year progress evaluation.  To evaluate progress the Age-Friendly DC Task Force utilized a mixed methods design that consisted of three components. 

  • The DC Livability Survey was distributed by the Mayor’s Offices of Community Relations and Community Affairs, at events across the city, in all 26 DC libraries, and publshed in The Beacon Newspapers, 
  • Focus groups were conducted with approximately 6-12 members per group with the goal of understanding how residents perceived change in each of the 14 domains over the past five years. Focus groups were conducted in each of the 8 Wards and with 21 special populations groups. 
  • Age-Friendly DC Task Force members for each domain were asked to report data on the completion of the plan aims, goals and strategies.

The Age-Friendly DC Task Force members were congratulated for their service to the city.  They are:



James Appleby*

Gerontological Society of America

Lynn Addington

American University

Sharon Kershbaum

Department of Transportation

Stacy Canan

National Alliance for Caregiving

Tama Duffy Day


Coleen Greene

Department of Housing and Community Development

Susan Donley

Leading Age

Nina Albert

Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Delano Hunter

Department of Parks and Recreation

Winona Lake


Dr. Sandra Owens Lawson

Behavioral Programs Consultant

Susan Saunders McKenzie

DC Attorney

Rachel Maisler

Wonk Policy and Communications

Mathew McCollough

Office of Disability Rights

Charon PD Hines

Department of Aging and Community Living

Michael Rupert

Office of the Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Katrina Polk

Aging in Communities

Anita Cozart

DC Office of Planning

Judge (ret.) Mary Terrell

Department of Employment Services

Romaine Thomas

DC Retired Educators of America

Wayne Turnage*

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

Michelle Vanneman

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice

Laura Zeilinger

Department of Human Services

*Task Force Co-chairs