PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Kenney today announced the appointment of Nora Dowd Eisenhower as the new Executive Director for the Mayor’s Commission on Aging (MCOA), which leads the development of policy and strategies to support health, safety, and security for Philadelphians ages 55 and older. MCOA also operates the Senior Community Service Employment Program and APPRISE, a Medicare insurance counseling program.
Nora has served as the Director of Pro Bono Action at SeniorLAW Center where she worked to improve systems that impact older people, especially preventing elder financial exploitation and supporting later life economic security. She was the Assistant Director for the Office of Older Americans at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2013-2016. Before that, Nora was the Vice President for Economic Security at the National Council on Aging.
She previously served as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging from 2003-2009, where she managed PACE, Pennsylvania’s senior pharmacy program and an extensive network of aging services, including home and community-based programs, senior community centers, transportation, adult day, and protective services. She also served as the AARP Pennsylvania State Director. She began her career as a Deputy Attorney General with the Pennsylvania Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division.
“I am thrilled for Nora to lead the important work that is being done through this commission,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Throughout her career, she has proven to be a dedicated advocate for our senior residents. I look forward to working together to ensure that we continue to connect seniors to invaluable services and supports. We also thank Program Director John Gonzalez for his leadership as Interim Director.”
“It is truly an honor to join the Kenney Administration and continue to do what I’m passionate about—helping to promote an age friendly Philadelphia and ensuring that older Philadelphians have access to the services they need to live and thrive,” said incoming Executive Director Nora Dowd Eisenhower.
Nora will begin her employment with the City on October 21, 2019. A photo of Nora is available upon request.
About the Mayor’s Commission on Aging
The Mayor’s Commission on Aging provides Philadelphia seniors with access to services, programs, and resources to enhance their quality of life. Their mission is to lower barriers to senior benefits, employment and financial services, food and meal delivery services, accessible transportation, healthcare, and housing. The Commission is part of the Mayor’s Office within the Health and Human Services Cabinet.