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For Immediate Release

September 15, 2011

Aaron Tax Joins SAGE as Director of Federal Government Relations

SAGE also welcomes Board Members Susan R. Hester and Reginald T. Stanley, consolidates growing presence in Washington, DC.

[Washington, DC] Aaron Tax joined Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) this week as Director of Federal Government Relations. SAGE is the country's oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Tax serves as SAGE's point person in Washington, DC with policy leaders in the LGBT and aging fields, members of Congress and the White House, and various federal agencies. He will guide SAGE's growing policy priorities on issues critical to the health and well-being of LGBT elders, including the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, Affordable Care Act implementation, Social Security, Medicaid, and HIV and aging.

Tax's hire comes on the heels of SAGE welcoming Susan R. Hester and Reginald T. Stanley to its Board of Directors. Hester and Stanley—the first Board members in SAGE's history from outside of New York City—joined the Board in 2010 with a commitment to expand SAGE's national reach.

"From reforming safety net programs such as Medicaid, to conducting better research on the barriers facing LGBT older people, federal public policy offers enormous opportunities to improve the lives of LGBT elders," said Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE. "The addition of Aaron to SAGE's staff, and Susan and Reggie to our Board, will ensure that the needs of LGBT older people are addressed in policy discussions in our nation's capital and throughout the country—an exciting step forward for the aging community."

"I'm excited to continue to steward SAGE's federal policy work and provide a voice for LGBT older adults at our nation's highest levels of government," said Tax. "Policymakers have an important role to play in meeting the unique needs of this country's increasingly larger population of older diverse adults, including LGBT elders. As a trusted national leader, SAGE is poised to make a real difference."

In 2010, SAGE and 10 partner organizations received a historic federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish the country's first and only National Resource Center on LGBT Aging ( Just months later, SAGE opened a Washington, DC office, and quickly became a premier voice on LGBT aging policy at the federal level. SAGE and various partners in the LGBT and aging fields have led initiatives to secure victories on Medicaid, data collection on LGBT older adults, the Affordable Care Act implementation, and more to better meet the needs of LGBT elders.

About Aaron Tax

Aaron Tax, Director of Federal Government Relations, was previously the Legal Director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) where he and his staff provided direct legal services to LGBT, HIV-positive and transgender military personnel affected by the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) law, which SLDN was instrumental in helping repeal. He also served as SLDN's lead counsel and spokesperson on legal issues; educated Congressional staff and prepared witnesses for Congressional hearings; and collaborated on SLDN's media, development, grassroots activities, and public policy initiatives. In addition, Tax was a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of the Army's Office of Equal Employment Opportunities/Civil Rights and served as a Special AUSA in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Tax received his Juris Doctorate degree from George Washington University Law School, graduating with Honors and serving as the Symposium Editor for the George Washington International Law Review. He also received his Bachelor's of Science in Policy Analysis from Cornell University, where he graduated with Honors and Distinction.

About Susan R. Hester and Reginald T. Stanley

Susan R. Hester, SAGE Board Member, is the founder of Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization and co-founder of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. While Executive Director of Mautner Project Susan promoted the creation of a number of local organizations throughout the country focused on lesbian health. In 1996 Mautner Project received the first million dollar federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop health care provider training on lesbian health issues. Susan later served as Executive Director of the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing and has worked as a development and marketing consultant for numerous non-profit organizations over the years. She has received numerous awards commending her leadership in women's health. Susan is currently dedicated to the exploration of how LGBT individuals will create and live in community as they age. About her decision to join SAGE's Board of Directors, Hester said, "We are on the cusp of a major demographic shift in this country as the population continues to age rapidly, making it a key issue in our broader culture and in the LGBT community. SAGE, as the leading organization focused on LGBT aging, is positioned to make a real difference for many people in our community."

Reginald T. Stanley, SAGE Board Member, is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Calvert Investments, an investment management firm based outside of Washington, DC in Bethesda, MD. He has 25 years of experience in investment, economic development and entrepreneurial businesses. Prior to Calvert he served as President of Boston Community Managed Assets and Chief Operating Officer of its CDFI holding company, Boston Community Capital (BCC). He joined BCC after spending seven years and holding several leadership positions at Fidelity Investments, including Vice President of High Net Worth Marketing, Customer Development and E-Commerce. He has worked at the consulting firms of Bain & Company and McKinsey & Company, as well as served on several community and non-profit boards aimed at civil justice, economic development, and quality of life issues. Stanley is a fellow of the Southern Africa/United States Center for Leadership and Public Values. He earned his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. "I've been committed to and passionate about civil rights, economic development and LGBT issues for a long time," said Stanley. "I enjoy working with organizations that have experience, dedicated staff and a commitment to excellence - especially when they have the potential to transform an issue and impact a large number of people. SAGE has that kind of impact."

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at

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