Glendale -- Front Porch, a not-for-profit ‘human serving’ organization featuring innovative communities and programs that meet the changing needs of individuals as they age, is pleased to announce that Jeffrey S. Kirschner, divisional vice president, has been elected to the LeadingAge California Board of Directors as Policy Advocate.
“I am pleased and honored to be elected to the Leadership Board,” said Kirschner, who has served Front Porch in several executive management positions for almost eight years. “I look forward to being a contributing board member with LeadingAge California.”
LeadingAge California represents more than 400 non-profit providers of senior living and care who serve the needs of more than 100,000 Californians. It is the state’s leading advocate for quality, not-for-profit senior living and care. The association’s advocacy, educational programs and public relations help its members best serve the needs of more than 100,000 older adults in the state.
Kirschner’s primary duties during his two-year term will include working with state legislators and others to review public policy proposals, current and proposed legislation, which may affect LeadingAge California constituents, as well as soliciting input from constituents and reporting that input to the LeadingAge California Board of Directors.
“A great deal of important potential legislation is considered each year in California that has both significant impact and unintentional consequences on those who provide senior living and care as well as those we serve,” Kirschner said. “I hope to use my many years of experience in the health care and senior living industries to positively impact policy change.”
Kirschner has spent more than 35 years working at government-run, for-profit and non-profit acute hospitals, retirement communities and skilled nursing centers including serving five years as executive director at Front Porch’s Kingsley Manor, a multi-level retirement community in Los Angeles. He also has served on the Board of the California Hospital Association, and as Chair of the Hospital Association of Southern California, and as a community advocate to and liaison for the Los Angeles City Council. Kirschner has served as a lecturer at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He is a Los Angeles native.
“Jeff’s support of LeadingAge California and his willingness to serve in this important leadership role are very much appreciated,” said Joanne Handy, President and CEO of LeadingAge California. “We look forward to his participation and his contribution to the future success of LeadingAge California.”
In October 2013, Roberta Jacobsen, president of Front Porch Communities and Services, was elected to the LeadingAge National Board of Directors.