Michelle Alcedo is the Director of Programs at Openhouse, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults in San Francisco Bay Area. As a LGBT aging issues trainer, Michelle has worked with over 2,000 aging network providers throughout California to foster enhanced services and programs to meet the needs of LGBT older adults.
Most recently, Michelle was appointed to San Francisco’s first LGBT Aging Policy Task Force by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to inform policy recommendations to advance services for and improve the LGBT older adults in San Francisco.
She is a 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. Through staff training, advocacy and community organizing, Michelle works with aging network providers and senior advocates to create and support safer, more inclusive and affirming services and programs for LGBT older adults.
Favorite Training Experience: A 60+ woman of color began to cry during our closing learning circle. She thanked me for opening her eyes about the experiences of discrimination LGBT elders live through and for being such a great presenter. Through her tears she shared how moved she felt by the training. She ended with a pledge to share the information she had learned with her colleagues in the home care agency where she worked, and especially her community.