Jason Resendez is the incoming President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving, where he will lead research, policy, and innovation initiatives to build health, wealth, and equity for America’s 55 million family caregivers.
Prior to joining NAC, Jason was the founding executive director of the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Center for Brain Health Equity and was the principal investigator of a $1.5 million Healthy Brain Initiative cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While at UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, Jason pioneered the concept of Brain Health Equity through peer-reviewed research, public health partnerships, and public policy.
Under Resendez’s leadership, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s influenced federal legislation, agency priorities, and multi-million-dollar investments to improve health equity in aging research and caregiving. He led advocacy campaigns to pass historic paid leave legislation in the House of Representations and to target research infrastructure investments in underserved communities.
His efforts to champion health and racial justice for patients and caregivers have earned national recognition and in 2020, Resendez was named one of America’s top influencers in aging by PBS’s Next Avenue alongside Michael J. Fox and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. He has received the LULAC Presidential Medal of Honor and the HerMANO Award from MANA—A National Latina Organization—for his advocacy on behalf of the Latino community.
He has contributed to peer-reviewed research on the socioeconomic impacts of health inequities, family caregiving, and the science of inclusion in research and has been quoted by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, STAT News, Time, Newsweek, and Univision on health equity issues.
Earlier in his career, Resendez worked at the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organizations UnidosUS and LNESC, the education arm of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). He has advised institutions and organizations working to advance equity for communities of color, including the National Institute on Aging, the National Academies of Medicine, the Administration for Community Living, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). He has also served as a volunteer policy advisor for the presidential campaign of President Joe Biden.
Jason is from South Texas and graduated from Georgetown University.