Jennie Chin Hansen is the immediate past CEO of the American Geriatrics Society, the largest professional membership organization of clinicians (mainly geriatricians) committed to the care of older adults living with care complexity. Prior to this position she completed her role as president of the 38million member AARP during the negotiations and development of the ACA.
Her primary career includes nearly 25 years in San Francisco providing integrated, globally financed and comprehensive medical and community- based services for frail older people. Its groundbreaking fully capitated, integrated and coordinated service delivery system became the prototype for the 1997 federal law that incorporated the Program of All Inclusive Care to the Elderly (PACE) into the Medicare and Medicaid programs. PACE now operates extensively in California and in 30 other states.
She has served as a federal commissioner on Medicare and currently serves on several boards related health care and philanthropy. In January 2021 she completed her formal role as one of the California Stakeholders who crafted the first ever MasterPlan for Aging. She currently serves in advisory roles with startup companies.
Recent awards include the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Hall of Fame award and being named one of the national 50 Influencers in Aging by PBS’ Next Avenue. Two years ago she was accorded an Audacious Alumni award by the University of CA, San Francisco and in July 2021 recorded as one of ASA’s Legacy 12 interviewees.
In addition to being a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she has received several alumni awards from the University of California, San Francisco and Boston College, including an honorary doctorate.