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Linda Levin

JACKSONVILLE, FL
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ELDERSOURCE

Linda Levin has been a longtime advocate for the elderly, working to connect caregivers and seniors to the resources they need, without discrimination based on gender, religion, sexual orientation or race.

As the Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging for Northeast Florida since January 2004, Linda heads up one of Florida's largest nonprofits. Designated by the State of Florida in 1976, ElderSource, the Area Agency on Aging for Northeast Florida, is responsible for identifying the needs of the elderly in a 7 county region, for developing plans to meet those needs and for contracting with service providers to deliver services. In response to the growing needs of elders and caregivers and the ever decreasing resources, Ms. Levin led her organization through a corporate restructuring resulting in the creation of three subsidiaries: Friends of ElderSource to help raise unrestricted funds for services, ElderSource in Action for non-state/federal funded services not provided by their contracted agencies but that are needed in the community including Elder Friendly Business Certification and Travel Training, and Wise Owl Properties.

Linda's organization provides community-based services such as senior centers, congregate dining, adult day care and transportation and in-home services such has home-delivered meals, personal care, homemaker and respite. In addition, Linda and her agency formed an award-winning LGBT Elders Task Force, which works to build awareness among LGBT elders of the resources available to them, grow community awareness of the issues, and prepare the service provider community to appropriately serve LGBT elders.

Linda earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and holds a Master of Gerontology from Nova Southeastern University. In the past, she worked for the Area Agency on Aging in Broward County and the Area Agency on Aging for Miami-Dade County as well as served as the Director of the Area Agency on Aging in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She has extensive experience working with elders in both urban and rural areas and in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic communities.

Linda also serves on several community task forces and coalitions such as the Northeast Florida Coalition for Coordinated Care, the Senior Roundtable, The Caregiver Coalition for Northeast Florida, United Way of Northeast Florida's Life: Act 2 senior initiative and the Governor’s Purple Ribbon Task Force. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging and is President of the Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

Linda Levin