Michael Costa MPP Named Executive Director for California Associations of Area Agencies on Aging
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Michael Costa MPP Named Executive Director for
California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A)
State’s Leading Voice on Aging Issues Led by 30 Year Veteran
on National and Local Stage
29 July 2021 – Sacramento, CA: The Board of the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) has named Michael Costa MPP as the organization’s new Executive Director, succeeding the retiring Derrell Kelch in that role. Costa will begin full time in early August.
“Michael is joining us at a pivotal time and will build upon the strong success of the C4A in advocating for additional investments for older adults and people with disabilities. With his experience we are in great hands,” said Victoria Jump, President of C4A.
Costa has over 30 years’ experience developing and implementing products, programs and policies impacting older adults and other vulnerable populations. He has worked with Area Agencies on Aging, local Community Benefit Organizations, and state trade associations, helping them understand and respond to opportunities in an evolving market and regulatory environment. His accomplishments include gaining coverage and payment from government and private payers for breakthrough drugs and medical technologies, evaluating opportunities for new healthcare/social service hybrids, and developing strategies and infrastructures integrating social and healthcare service provision.
“I’m excited to join C4A, ” said Costa, 69. “I look forward to expanding the organization’s contributions to social and health policy development benefitting older adults and people with disabilities in California.”
In addition, Costa has served on a number of national and local committees and taskforces that developed and implemented policies promoting equity, non-discrimination, increased access, and affordability. Examples include the 2020 Biden Campaign Health Policy and LGBTQI+ policy committees, where he developed Long Term Services and Supports and LGBTQI+ policy recommendations, and the San Francisco LGBT+ Aging Policy Taskforce, where he served as Chair of the Health Care Subcommittee.
Costa has been Vice President and Practice Leader at Lash Group Healthcare Consultants; Vice President and Corporate Secretary of 3R Holdings, Inc.; Vice President of Account Management at RXCentric.com; Director at Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield; and Executive Director of Quintiles Transnational, Inc. He has a BA from McGill University, an MA from Harvard, and an MPP in Health Economics and Policy Analysis from the University of Michigan, where he currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
In his role as Executive Director Costa will, in concert with the C4A Board and Executive Committee, evaluate the opportunities for C4A to continue to develop and grow as an active advocate for older adults and people with disabilities in California. C4A looks forward to establishing collaborative partnerships to respond to initiatives such as CalAIM, the State Master Plan on Aging, and various federal Medicare and Medicaid program and benefit proposals currently in development. It is the Board’s belief that Michael’s leadership, knowledge, and experience will be very instrumental in achieving these goals.
“As an association, Meals on Wheels California has previously drawn on Michael’s substantial expertise,” said Daryl Twerdahl, Meals on Wheels California Executive Director. “We look forward to working with him and C4A now to amplify our collaborative relationship to improve the lives of vulnerable populations in California.”
The California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) (www.c4a.info) is a nonprofit organization representing California’s 33 area agencies on aging and is the leading voice on aging issues in California. C4A works closely with the Administration on Aging, the California Department of Aging, Department of Social Services, Department of Rehabilitation as well as key provider associations. C4A and its members administer programs that enable older Californians to live independently for as long as possible. The purpose of C4A is to advocate on behalf of older persons, persons with disabilities, their caregivers and families, to provide leadership within the aging and disability communities, and promote a service delivery system that provides individual choice.