Fernando M. Torres-Gil is a professor of social welfare and public policy at UCLA, an adjunct professor of gerontology at USC, and director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. He has served as associate dean and acting dean at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and more recently chair of the Social Welfare Department. He has written seven books and more than 100 publications, including “The Politics of a Majority-Minority Nation: Aging, Diversity and Immigration” (2018), “Lessons from Three Nations, Volumes I and II” (2007), and The Aging of a Majority-Minority Nation: Implications for the Emerging Latino Population. His academic contributions have earned him membership in the prestigious Academies of Public Administration, Gerontology and Social Insurance. His research spans important topics of health and long-term care, disability, entitlement reform, and the politics of aging.
In 2010 he received his third presidential appointment (with Senate confirmation) when President Obama appointed him as vice chair of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that reports to the Congress and White House on federal matters related to disability policy. During his public service in Washington, D.C., he also served as staff director of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging under his mentor, Congressman Edward R. Roybal.
At the local level, Torres-Gil has served as the vice president of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission and a member of the Harbor and Taxi commissions for the City of Los Angeles. He has also served as an appointed member of the Board of Airport Commissioners. At the state level, he was appointed by former Gov. Gray Davis to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Veterans’ Homes and by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.
He continues to provide important leadership in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations as a board member of the AARP Foundation, and he is a former board member of the California Endowment, National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California, and the Los Angeles Chinatown Service Center.