Los Angeles County today announced the appointment of Laura Trejo as Executive Director of Aging and Community Services in the Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services. His appointment is a critical development in the oversight board’s plan to establish a separate department of aging and community services by fall 2022, WDACS officials said. At that time, the county will also establish a new department dedicated to economic and workforce development.
In his new role, Trejo will oversee the administration of Elderly Services, Adult Protective Services, County Community Management and Elderly Centers and help establish a coordinated strategy and service delivery system. for the elderly and disabled adults. “I look forward to working with the Supervisory Board, staff and community stakeholders to implement strategies and services that support the independence and dignity of seniors, adults with disabilities, and their family caregivers,” Trejo said.
Trejo has over 36 years of experience serving the elderly residents of Los Angeles County. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, where she partnered with the County to establish and lead Purposeful Aging LA (PALA). She was also a district chief for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health from 1985-2002, where she led programs for the elderly.
“I am delighted that Laura Trejo is joining our county leadership team and look forward to her strong leadership in the new Department of Aging,” said Supervisory Board Chair Hilda L. Solis. “His years of experience with the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, combined with his wealth of knowledge about the issues that most affect seniors, will be instrumental in the county’s efforts to streamline programs and implement programs. significant initiatives to improve the quality of life. for this often forgotten population. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl noted that between 2000 and 2030, the county’s senior population is expected to have doubled, making one in five residents age 65 or older by 2030.
“The county’s new Department of Aging and Community Services is responsible for anticipating and meeting the needs of these county residents,” Kuehl said. “I am so happy that we have found the right leader, Laura Trejo, who has decades of experience serving our aging population, and understands this new department represents a historic county commitment to our ‘silver population’ for generations. future.