Michelle Alcedo is the Director of Programs at Openhouse, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization serving LGBTQ older adults in San Francisco Bay Area. As a diversity trainer, Michelle has worked with over 2,000 aging network providers throughout California to foster affirming and dynamic programs to meet the needs of LGBT older adults.
She has co-authored and edited, “Best Practices in LGBT Elder Healthcare,” a publication funded by The California Endowment, and Openhouse’s LGBT Cultural Humility Training Curriculum, “From Isolation to Inclusion.” Michelle was privileged to participate in the development of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging/SAGECare training curriculum.
Locally, Michelle works with San Francisco city departments to train providers on effective ways to collect sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data. In 2011, she was appointed to San Francisco’s LGBT Aging Policy Task Force by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The Task Force published a comprehensive report including policy recommendations advancing services for LGBT older adults in San Francisco.
She is a former member of the California Mental Health Services Act Multicultural Coalition (CMMC), a statewide coalition to work toward integration of cultural and linguistic competence into the public mental health system and provide state level recommendations on all of the Mental Health Services Act components. She is the past chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Community Partnership and current chair of the LGBT Community Partnership, groups whose goals are to improve access to health and social services for marginalized seniors.
As a board member of the Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly (CASE), Michelle engages in advocacy efforts that inform and influence public policy to meet the continuing and changing needs of San Francisco’s aging and disability communities.
For the past 10 years, Michelle has guided the direction of Openhouse programs and services. Through curriculum and program development, training, advocacy and grassroots community organizing, Michelle works with senior advocates to develop safer, more inclusive and affirming support for LGBT older adults. Michelle is inspired daily by the fierce tenacity and resilience of the LGBTQ elders who blazed the trail for generations of queer radicals to come.