Kelly Fitzgerald, a graduate of the Gerontology PhD program in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, has been appointed Vice Chair of the United Nations NGO Committee on Ageing - Geneva. In her new role, Kelly will work with fellow committee members to develop a society for all ages, promote a new convention on the rights of older adults, and address intergenerational issues within the UN System.
After graduating from the Gerontology doctoral program in 2008, Kelly joined the World Health Organization as a Network Facilitator where she focused her research on the Age-friendly Cities initiative. Kelly has also dedicated herself to improving the lives of older adults in disaster relief situations.
According to Gerontology professor Ellen Bruce, “Kelly has been interested in international issues of aging since she was a PhD student at UMass Boston. Her research has always been very applied with partners from all sectors of the aging community. I have no doubt that her presence on this committee will help advance the UN aging agenda.”
Kelly continues to have a great impact on the field of Gerontology, improving the quality of life for older adults worldwide. Her dedication and achievements are a model for our Gerontology students and alumni.
More on Kelly's appointment: http://www.ifa-fiv.org/announcing-new-leadership-of-the-un-ngo-committee-on-ageing-geneva/