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Jason Resendez

Executive Director, LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s

As the founding Executive Director of the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer's Coalition – convened by UsAgainstAlzheimer's – Jason champions brain health equity at every level of the healthcare system. On behalf of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, Jason works with researchers, policymakers, industry leaders, and community-based organizations to develop research and policy solutions to address disparities in Alzheimer’s disease impacting the Latino community. He also serves as chief of staff to George Vradenburg, the co-founder of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and chairman of the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation.

Jason is the co-author of Latinos & Alzheimer's Disease: New Numbers Behind the Crisis, a seminal report released with the USC Roybal Institute on Aging, and co-project lead of the Alzheimer's Disease Disparities Engagement Network (ADDEN), an initiative supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is a contributing author of the National Institute on Aging’s “National Strategy for Recruitment and Participation in Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Clinical Research.” Prior to UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, Jason held senior positions with two of the nation’s largest and Latino-serving organizations UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza) and LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc.

He is a Google Next Generation Policy Leader, an Aspen Ideas Health Scholar, and serves on the boards of the Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s and Consumers for Quality Care.  

Jason is from South Texas and graduated from Georgetown University.

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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