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Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) Secretary Alice Bonner recently appointed Emily Cooper as the Chief Housing Officer and Patricia Yu as the Director of Policy and Research.

“I’m thrilled to welcome these two talented experts in aging programs and policy to our Elder Affairs leadership team. We look forward to their work on our strategic priorities, advancing our mission to help older adults live well and thrive”
-Alice Bonner, EOEA Secretary

Patricia Yu

Patricia Yu, EOEA Director of Policy and Research

In February 2016, Secretary Bonner appointed Patricia Yu as the director of policy and research. Patricia began her career as a clinical social worker, and eventually earned her Doctorate in Social Work from Boston College. Her research focuses on long-term care issues and the Massachusetts homecare workforce. Most recently, Patricia was the lead policy analyst at the White House Conference on Aging in 2015, where she was part of a larger national conversation regarding the issues that older Americans face in planning for retirement, taking care of older loved ones, and maintaining a high quality of life throughout the years.

Yu joins EOEA as a connector between organizations and individuals and the agency to better provide optimal services to older adults. Yu provides EOEA leadership on policy initiatives and is currently focusing on direct care workforce, family caregiving, and civic engagement policy.

Emily Cooper

Emily Cooper, EOEA Chief Housing Officer

Emily Cooper also joined EOEA as the chief housing officer in February 2016. She comes with more than 20 years of assisting organizations with accessing and utilizing federal housing programs. Most recently, Emily worked with the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC), where she served as a community consultant regarding efforts to expand housing and services for vulnerable populations. Prior to her tenure at TAC, she was a supportive housing specialist at MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). In her current role with EOEA, she will provide oversight of EOEA’s housing related programs, develop and lead the agency’s housing policy direction, and support efforts to ensure aging in the community is a realistic option for all seniors.

Cooper joined Secretary Bonner’s team and is building strong relationships across all housing entities. Having diversity among EOEA’s housing providers ensures the agency can provide older adults choice when considering housing options. She is very committed to a “person-centered” philosophy.

As additions to Secretary Bonner’s office, Emily and Patricia join an agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults in Massachusetts, and prepared to reach across the Secretariat to fulfill this mission.

The Executive Office of Eder Affairs promotes the independence, empowerment, and well-being of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers. The agency’s vision is that older adults and individuals with disabilities will have access to the resources they need to live well and thrive in every community in the Commonwealth. For more information about EOEA, visit: http://www.mass.gov/elders.

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