Rancho Santa Fe resident Roberta Jacobsen elected to LeadingAge National Board of Directors

Front Porch, a not-for-profit human serving organization featuring innovative communities and programs that meet the changing needs of individuals as they age, recently announced that Roberta Jacobsen, president of Front Porch Communities and Services, has been elected as the newest member of the LeadingAge National Board of Directors.

LeadingAge is an association of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to making America a better place to grow old, with a mission to expand the world of possibilities for aging. Its members touch four million lives every day and include 6,000 not-for-profit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 39 state partners and hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research partners. She was nominated in early October and was installed during the annual LeadingAge Meeting & Expo in Dallas.

Jacobsen joins a prestigious group that is responsible for the governance of the organization, providing strategic direction, fiduciary oversight, and development of policies. Those who serve have the opportunity to shape LeadingAge’s activities during their terms as well as the opportunity to connect with other leaders in transforming aging services.

“It is an honor to be serving on the board for one of the country’s most trusted associations committed to inspiring our country to view aging differently,” Jacobsen said. “Since 1961, LeadingAge members have made an impact on millions of lives and thousands of non-profits. This is very much in alignment with Front Porch’s dedication to meeting needs in creative and innovate ways. I look forward to being a contributing board member with LeadingAge.”

As president of Front Porch Communities and Services, Jacobsen heads one of Southern California’s largest not-for-profit providers of senior living, with 30 years of experience as a leader in long-term care and retirement living. She currently oversees the operations and management of 13 retirement and adult living communities, eight memory care communities and eight skilled nursing centers.

Under Jacobsen’s direction, Front Porch has enhanced its mission to meet the changing needs of older adults. She was instrumental in the creation of Summer House, a brand of memory support neighborhoods within Front Porch communities that pairs exceptional care for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias with the latest state-of-the-art technologies and services. She also leads important cultural and brand development programs, including the creation of the Front Porch 5-STAR College, a service excellence program that engages all of Front Porch’s 2,000 employees and 3,000 residents and is a board leader of the Front Porch Ethics Service.

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