Ian Brown, VP of organizational development at Baltimore-based Erickson Living (MS in Organizational Development ’99 and Graduate Certificate in Senior Housing and Care ‘04), was named to the national board of directors at SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ elders.
“SAGE is delighted to have Ian join our Board of Directors. His wealth of experience and expertise are tremendous assets to SAGE as we carry out our mission in these important times,” said SAGE CEO Michael Adams.
For Brown, he hopes his board service will be a continuation of his work advocating for dignity in LGBTQ elder care.
“In a lot of eldercare communities, the LGBTQ population often feels that they can’t be themselves,” Brown said. “I want them to be able to find discovery in who they are and know they don’t have to be invisible. We’ve created an environment at Erickson Living where they can be their truest selves and be treated with the highest level of dignity and respect. Through the SAGE board role, I am able to share the many successes we’ve had at Erickson in creating a culture of belonging for all our residents, including those who are LGBTQ.”
Erickson Living, a national developer and operator of campus-style continuing care retirement communities, and National Senior Campuses, the largest independent board of continuing care retirement communities in the nation, each donated $10,000 to SAGE in recognition of Brown’s new role.