Staff

Executive Director

 

Michael Costa, with a master’s degree in Public Policy (Michigan), joined C4A as Executive Director in 2021, bringing three decades of experience  developing and implementing products, programs, and policies that have had a positive impact on the lives of older adults and other vulnerable populations.

He believes C4A and the California AAAs have a crucial role as both a leader and participant in the evolution of the Aging and Disability service network in California. He's initiated a broad spectrum of activities designed to strengthen member AAAs and C4A to help accomplish that goal. In the process, C4A has also strengthened relationships with community partners, professional associations, and state regulators, diversified revenue sources for the Association and member AAAs, and increased the participation level of the Association and member AAAs in aging policy development in California and nationally.    

Prior to C4A, Michael helped achieve significant milestones, including securing coverage and payment for groundbreaking HIV, psychiatric, and oncology therapies, removing discriminatory underwriting and increasing affordability of health insurance pre-Obamacare, and designing and implementing innovative managed care products that we all use today. This has informed his commitment to the integration of healthcare and social services necessary for older Californians to be able to remain in their communities for as long as possible. 

President

 

Dr. Laura Trejo is the first and current Director of the Los Angeles County Aging and Disabilities Department.  She oversees programs and service delivery for older adults and adults with disabilities, including Adult Protective Services (APS), the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), and the County’s fourteen Community and Senior Centers. Some of her key initiatives include Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA) and the Los Angeles Aging Disability Resource Connection. As such, Dr. Trejo brings an extensive breadth and depth of experience and knowledge about the needs and services for older adults to C4A.

She has been recognized with many awards, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leadership award and the Excellence in Leadership award from USAging, the national association of AAAs. She brings to C4A 36 years of experience from the fields of aging, health, mental health, Alzheimer’s, and rehabilitation, and a commitment  to creating culturally competent and impactful programs to ensure that all older adults and adults with disabilities can live with dignity and independence. 

Dr. Trejo holds a doctorate in Social Work, master degrees in Gerontology and Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Long Term-Care Administration, all from the University of Southern California.

Vice President
Treasurer

 

Aneliza Del Pinal is Chief Executive Officer of Sourcewise, the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) covering Santa Clara County. She is credited with extending Sourcewise’s reach to an area of the county by marshaling needed services for older adults in that area which was previously unserved by the AAA.  Earlier, Aneliza held the role of Sourcewise’s Director of Public Relations and as its Planner. 

With broad experience across several key AAA roles, she contributes to C4A a deep and highly experienced perspective on what AAAs need at all levels to strategically maximize their impact on meeting the needs of California’s older adults, persons with disabilities and family caregivers.

Aneliza holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from San Francisco State University. She is a contributing member for the Santa Clara County Public Health Chronic Disease Prevention; Alzheimer’s Association Latino Caregiver Conference; Diabetes Prevention; and USAging, the national association of AAAs

At Large

 

Maggie Kraft has been the Executive Director of the Area 1 Area Agency on Aging  serving Humboldt and Del Norte Counties since 2012.  She contributes more than 38 years of experience working in services for older adults and strong advocacy for older adults and people with disabilities to C4A.

Prior to her current role, Maggie spent 12 years as the Director of Adult Day Health and Alzheimer’s Services at the Humboldt Senior Resource Center and 10 years as the executive director of Northcoast Advocacy Services, which ran the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Senior Legal Services programs.

She has a master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento and a bachelor‘s degree in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. 

Legislative Chair / USAging Delegate
Immediate Past President
USAging Delegate