As we move forward in 2018 and beyond, we are proud of what Generations Aging with Pride has accomplished in the first year of operations and excited about the future. Our community is strong and vibrant, and together we will continue our efforts to empower older LGBTQ adults to live with pride and dignity by promoting, connecting and developing innovative programs and services that enhance belonging and support, eliminate discrimination, and honor the lives of older members of our community.

Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD – Co-Chair

Karen is a Professor and Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. Dr.​​ Fredriksen-Goldsen is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing equity and the intersection of aging, health disparities, and well-being in marginalized communities. As the Principal Investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS) (R01), Karen is leading the first longitudinal study of LGBT midlife and older adult health and aging to identify potentially modifiable factors that account for health trajectories over time in these communities.


Ruben Rivera-Jackman, MNPL – Co-Chair

Ruben, speaker, trainer and nonprofit leadership consultant has an accomplished a 30+ year career as a nonprofit leader with practical experience in, and solid understanding of, a diverse range of management,​​ program development and service delivery applications. He has a passion for working with and advocating on behalf of older adults and has a natural ability of providing instruction and training for adult learners. Ruben is a certified trainer with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. In February 2017, he was hired as the Director of Resident Services for SHAG Senior Housing. Previously, Ruben served for 12 years as a Senior Resident Services Manager at the King County Housing Authority.