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Greg Olsen appointed as Acting Director of the New York State Office for the Aging

Greg Olsen has been appointed by Governor David A. Paterson as Acting Director of the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA). He replaces Michael J. Burgess who led the agency as the Director since February 2007.

Greg Olsen has worked closely with Director Burgess as NYSOFA Deputy Director of the Division of Policy, Research and Legislative Affairs since 2007. In this role, his duties included providing oversight for NYSOFA’s interactions with the Federal government, the State Legislature, state agencies and the State’s constituents through the supervision of the Federal Liaison and the State Legislative Liaison; providing impetus and policy direction for NYSOFA initiatives designed to influence the programs and policies of other state, local and voluntary agencies and the private sector to better serve older adults; overseeing the development and implementation of federal and state grants/demonstration and budget programs in the areas of long-term care reform, innovative service development, volunteerism and civic engagement, livable communities, and Managing the Bureaus of Long Term Care Planning, Policy, Analysis, Research and Management (PARM), Intergovernmental Affairs and Constituency Services, and Federal Affairs.

Prior to joining NYSOFA, Mr. Olsen was the Chief of Staff and Legislative and Policy Director for Assemblyman Steven Englebright, Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Aging.

He was the Executive Director of the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans, a union supported organization representing hundreds of thousands of union retirees. He was the Executive Director of the New York State Coalition for the Aging, a non-profit membership organization representing over 200 community-based organizations providing non-medical long-term care to the state’s older adult population. He was the Associate Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council, a non-profit grassroots membership organization.

He received his Masters Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University with a specialty in gerontology from the Maxwell School.