Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
ProfileLEN FISHMAN, a Visiting Scholar and Executive-in-Residence, was CEO of Hebrew SeniorLife from 2000-2013. Len led the transformation of this 110-year old nonprofit from an organization focused on long-term care to an integrated system of senior health-care and housing--serving seniors of all faiths, ethnicities, and incomes--increasingly in community-based settings. HSL's continuum now includes independent housing with supportive services, home care, adult day care, assisted living, long-term care, two levels of post-acute rehabilitative care, and hospice. Len led the expansion of HSL's internationally known Institute for Aging Research (to $10M annually) and HSL's academic teaching program (to 900+ students/year, of medicine, nursing, social work and other health care professions). During his tenure, HSL became an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, for which HSL is the primary clinical research and academic teaching site in geriatrics.
Len came to HSL with broad experience in health-care and senior services. He served in the cabinet of New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman as commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services, an agency of 1,900 employees and a budget of $2.3B, charged with protecting and promoting public health and providing services to the state's 1.4M seniors. Prior to joining HSL, Len was president and CEO of LeadingAge (formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging), a national organization representing 5,600 nonprofit providers of senior housing and health care, serving more than four million seniors daily. Before that, he practiced health care law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.