Anabel Pelham, Ph.D. is president of the National Association of Professional Gerontologists (NAPG) https://www.napgerontologists.org and emeriti professor and founding director of the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University. She is also Founding Director of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE) https://www.cfafe.org a project of the Los Altos Community Foundation and a past member of the Foundation's Board of Directors. CAFE provides technical assistance to cities and communities to become AARP/World Health Organization (WHO) Age-Friendly. Dr. Pelham is a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Gerontological Association (OGA) https://www.oregongero.org and past president of the Board of Directors of the Council on Aging, Central Oregon https://www.councilonaging.org
Dr. Pelham is past president of the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics (CCGG) and is an active member of GSA, CAG and IAGG. She is a former Chair of the Senior Commission for the City of Los Altos/Los Altos Hills, where she led the successful initiative to make Los Altos and Los Altos Hills the first WHO certified Age-Friendly (City and Town) in California.
Dr. Pelham has expertise in global issues in aging and gerontology, Age-Friendly Cities and community development, community-based health and human services, qualitative research methods, graduate gerontology curriculum development, geriatric care management, life-long learning, and credentialing and accreditation in the field of gerontology. She advises doctoral students around the world.
Dr. Pelham's current interests are: creating Age-Friendly Cities and communities, professionalizing the discipline of Gerontology and compassion as a core value in aging. She is an advisor for Empower and Excel https://empowerexcel.org and she recently contributed a chapter: Creating Compassionate Communities: The Intersection of Resilience, Democracy and Age-Friendliness, in Sharing Compassion, Rainsford Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2018.
Dr. Pelham lives in Bend Oregon and joyfully applies Gerontology around the world.