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Jason Resendez

Chief of Staff; Executive Director, LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s

Jason leads UsAgainstAlzheimer’s efforts to address brain health disparities impacting Latino families through coalition building, strategic convening, and patient advocacy. He is the co-author of Latinos & Alzheimer's Disease: New Numbers Behind the Crisis, released with the USC Roybal Institute on Aging, and co-project lead of the Alzheimer's & Dementia Disparities Engagement Network, an initiative partially funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award (4192-USAA). In 2018, he was named interim Chief of Staff to George Vradenburg and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.

Prior to UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, Jason held senior positions at leading advocacy and direct-service organizations, including UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) and LULAC National Educational Service Centers, the education arm of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the nation’s oldest Latino civil rights organization.

Jason currently serves as an external advisor to several key initiatives in the technology and aging space, including AT&T’s Advisory Panel on Access and Aging, Google Next Generation Policy Leaders, the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities at the University of California San Francisco, and the Administration for Community Living’s Hispanic Technical Expert Board. He also serves on the boards of Consumers for Quality Care, the Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s, and the Esperanza Education Fund.

Jason is a graduate of Georgetown University and hails from South Texas. On the weekends, he enjoys grilling, findings new things for his dog Harper to eat, and can often be found at the Kennedy Center or Blues Alley with his husband Brian.

Bucket list item: River ride down the Amazon

Favorite book: "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri

Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.

Delores Huerta

Jason's Story

 

One of my fondest childhood memories is watching my great grandmother celebrate her 91st birthday. Our entire extended family gathered to celebrate her long life with mariachi music, BBQ, and the biggest sheet cake I’d ever seen. Despite growing up poor as the daughter of field workers, she was rich in love and the memories of her family. I’m in the Alzheimer’s movement because I believe memories are precious and worth fighting for.

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