WASHINGTON, DC—The National Alliance for Caregiving, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and advocacy on behalf of family caregivers, has named C. Grace Whiting, J.D., as President and CEO. Whiting most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at the Alliance and is taking on the position from founding President and CEO, Gail Gibson Hunt, who will now serve as an advisor to the organization.
“Continuity for the Alliance is a priority for the organization and we achieve that by elevating Grace to CEO,” said Janet McUlsky, Board of Directors Chair. “Grace and Gail have worked together for years and we are fortunate to be able to promote a long-time Alliance staff member with expertise in caregiving issues to lead the organization and build on its strong foundation,” she added.
Gail Gibson Hunt founded the Alliance in 1996 with a coalition of national aging and long-term care organizations. Under her leadership, the Alliance has led many national research studies on caregiving across the lifespan, including the Caregiving in the U.S. series with AARP. Hunt supported the development of a national network of more than 80 caregiving coalitions in state and local communities. She also serves as the Chair of the International Alliance of Carer Organizations, a global coalition of fifteen nations dedicated to advancing the needs of caregivers around the world.
“Gail’s legacy of research, advocacy, and innovation will continue,” said McUlsky. “She will contribute her strategic vision for the organization as we move into this next phase.” An event to honor the momentum in family caregiving research and advocacy, including Hunt’s contribution to the field, will be held in early 2018.
“Over the past 22 years, we’ve built the Alliance into the premier family caregiving organization. I’m confident that Grace will now take us to the next level, through her vision and ability to forge excellent partnerships,” said Hunt.
“Advocating for caregivers and representing their needs with policymakers and persons of influence is an honor – we are helping those who are often so selfless that they don’t ask for help for themselves,” added Whiting. “I’m excited to continue the work that Gail has started by continuing to advance policy and research on behalf of the unpaid friends and family who are the backbone of our long-term care and health care systems,” said Whiting. Whiting assumes her role immediately.
Established in 1996, the National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy. The Alliance conducts research, does policy analysis, develops national best-practice programs, and works to increase public awareness of family caregiving issues. Recognizing that family caregivers provide important societal and financial contributions toward maintaining the well-being of those they care for, the Alliance supports a network of more than 80 state and local caregiving coalitions and serves as Secretariat for the International Alliance of Carer Organizations (IACO). Learn more at www.caregiving.org.