Meredith Hanley


Meredith Hanley is the Director of Community Capacity Building with USAging in Washington, DC. In this role, she oversees engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults, a national initiative funded by the Administration for Community Living that works to increase social engagement among older adults. She serves as Project Director for Dementia Friendly America which fosters dementia friendly communities across the country and raises public awareness through the administration of the Dementia Friends USA initiative.
Prior to joining USAging, Meredith worked for the Arlington County, VA Aging and Disability Services Division as the Quality and Development Supervisor. She oversaw program performance metrics and quality improvement for the Division and worked on a variety of special projects including managing referrals and quality assurance at a County-funded assisted living residence, implementing a staff training initiative and providing staff support to the County Commissions on Aging and Long-Term Care Residences. From 2008 to 2012, she co-directed The John A. Hartford Foundation-funded Gero-Ed Center at the Council on Social Work Education where she managed a portfolio of grants, provided technical assistance to grantees, and produced reports and issue briefs in collaboration with the University of Washington. Meredith also worked as a contractor for the Administration on Aging’s Alzheimer’s disease demonstration grant program through RTI International from 2006 to 2008 and was a program assistant with the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association. She has a master’s degree in social work with a focus in gerontology from Washington University in St. Louis.

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