Our Mission

Established in 2019, The Age Friendly Foundation was created to fuel innovation that makes aging easier through education, research support and advocacy.



Amanda Henshon oversees the day-to-day operations of the Age Friendly Foundation.  Previously, Henshon worked in corporate law at Ropes and Gray, then moved into philanthropy. She served multiple terms as Trustee of the Wellesley Free Library, including as Chair of the Board. She also spearheaded the creation of the Wellesley Free Library Foundation. Henshon holds a JD from Harvard Law School, an MA from Yale University and BA from Amherst College.

Board of Directors


Tim Driver has a successful track record starting and building digital businesses that make a social contribution. Driver is the founder and CEO of Age Friendly Ventures, the parent organization of RetirementJobs.com, Mature Caregivers and Age Friendly Advisor. Driver was a Board Member and SVP at Salary.com. He held senior positions at AOL and Accenture. Driver co-chaired the Employment Committee for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging. He was named an Influencer in Aging by PBS NextAvenue.


Please see Amanda’s profile above.


Anne Doyle is the President of Lasell Village, overseeing strategic direction, operations and educational programs. Doyle brings a background in healthcare and senior care, with previous leadership positions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor’s Budget Bureau, the Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Tufts Health Plan, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and business development and operations for a national education technology company serving senior living communities. Doyle holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Tufts University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Sweden researching alternative models for elder housing and healthcare.


Hans Gieskes is chairman & non-executive director / investor for internet companies and active in the M&A world. Since 1985 he has been a successful CEO of both private, public companies and divisions of public companies (e.g. Elsevier, LexisNexis Group, Houghton Mifflin, Monster.com, Cision) in the USA, UK, The Netherlands and Sweden, always leading transformation or turnaround assignments often combined with major re-engineering and / or major M&A transactions (30+ deals, two > $1.6 billion).


Alexandre Kalache is a medical epidemiologist specializing in the study of aging. Since 2012, he has been the President of the International Longevity Centre - Brazil, and since 2015, he has served as co-President of the Global Alliance of International Longevity Centres. He formerly directed the World Health Organization’s global aging program, founding WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Prior to his tenure at the WHO, Kalache pursued an academic career largely in the United Kingdom at the Universities of London and Oxford. Kalache has researched, written and spoken in the field of aging as an academic, international civil servant and advocate.


Joseph McCarron has over 25 years of executive experience in capital formation, property development, and operations management as CEO, President, CFO, and consultant serving in diverse business and financial services industries with particular emphasis on the Senior Living Industry. McCarron has served on the Leadership and Fundraising Committees for Aging2.0’s Boston Chapter.