Fernando Torres-Gil, professor of social welfare and public policy, was honored on October 27, 2010 by Angeles Plaza City View during the organization's 30th anniversary celebration. Opened in 1980, Angelus Plaza is the largest affordable housing community for older adults in the nation.
On hand to celebrate his accomplishments were faculty colleagues Rob Schilling, JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez, and Ailee Moon from the Department of Social Welfare; Dean Frank Gilliam; Associate Dean Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris; Pamela Harris, academic coordinator for the UCLA School of Public Affairs; and Selene Garcia, administrative analyst in the UCLA School of Public Affairs.
Professor Torres-Gil is the director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging, and has recently joined the Obama administration's National Council on Disability.
Previously he served as a professor of gerontology and public administration at the University of Southern California, where he is still an adjunct professor of gerontology. Before serving in academia, Prof. Torres-Gil was the first assistant secretary for aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and served as the staff director of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging.