Molly French joined USAging as the Director of the Housing and Services Resource Center in April 2021. The initiative seeks to align the Aging and Disability Networks and the housing sector in their efforts to expand and enhance the range of affordable, accessible and supportive housing options for the nation’s growing populations of older adults and people living with disabilities.
Across her career, Molly has 20 years of experience in improving the health and well-being of older adults and populations that have been underserved. She previously served the Alzheimer’s Association as Director, Healthy Brain Initiative. As a consultant to national nonprofits, Molly elevated attention to the social determinants of health, including housing issues, through communications, technical assistance and policy analyses. She managed health policy and programs for state health care associations in California and gained hands-on experience by building homes for older Jamaicans during a community-service year.
Molly’s commitment to advancing equity shapes how she forms partnerships and develops creative initiatives that generate lasting change. Her Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning is from The University of Texas at Austin, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Drake University in Des Moines, IA.