Bryan PachecoNational Coordinator, Diverse Elders Coalition
Bryan Pacheco is the National Coordinator of the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC). The DEC advocates for policies and programs that improve aging in our communities as racially and ethnically diverse people; American Indians and Alaska Natives; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) people. In this role, he leads the coalition’s advocacy, policy and education strategies and priorities, as well as builds awareness of the many issues facing elders of color and LGBT elders through both traditional and new media.
Prior to his role at the DEC, Bryan created and implemented media and outreach campaigns at SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) to amplify the stories of LGBT elders and highlight SAGE’s policy efforts, including reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA). He got his start at SAGE through its New York City Harlem program where he educated aging leaders, community members and policymakers about the issues facing African American and Latino LGBT elders. For this work, he was named the “Leader of Tomorrow” by the Latino LGBT organization LUNY and received a 21st Century Pipeline fellowship (a year-long leadership fellowship for managers of color).
Bryan has a background in aging, education, immigration, LGBT and racial justice issues, with a focus on advocacy and strategic marketing communications for non-profits. Bryan is a published author and studied at Middlebury College, under a full-tuition POSSE scholarship. He is a frequent presenter on aging, LGBT and people of color topics and has given presentations at City College, New York City Department of Education, AmeriCorps and other prominent institutions.
*SAGE is the fiscal sponsor for the Diverse Elders Coalition. The coalition includes: the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA), the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC).