National Committee Foundation Board of Directors

Max Richtman, J.D. – President/CEO
A former staff director of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill, Max Richtman is President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), one of the nation’s most influential senior advocacy and education membership organizations. Mr. Richtman, who joined the organization in 1989, also serves as Chair of the National Committee’s Political Action Committee (PAC) board, a non-partisan committee that endorses candidates for federal office who take uncompromising stands on social policy legislation which impacts the aging population. Mr. Richtman has testified before House and Senate committees, provided expert political and policy commentary during appearances on CNN, C-Span, FOX, MSNBC, CBS and Pacifica radio networks, participated in hundreds of Congressional Town Hall meetings across the country and has been a featured speaker during numerous national and state conferences on aging. During his congressional career, Max Richtman directed a lengthy investigation of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s enforcement of age-discrimination statutes which included a series of oversight hearings and preparing the committee testimony by then-EEOC Chairman Clarence Thomas. As staff director for the Senate Committee on Aging, Mr. Richtman developed legislation to establish a Consumer Price Index [for the] Elderly (CPIE) which if adopted, would lead to a more accurate cost of living adjustment for Social Security beneficiaries. Max Richtman was born in Munich, Germany, and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law School. He is vice-chair of the Seniors Coordinating Council of the Democratic National Committee, a member of the District of Columbia Bar and he resides in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Carroll L. Estes, Ph.D.- Chair

Through research, teaching, and public service, Carroll L. Estes has devoted her career to improving the health and economic security of vulnerable and underserved populations, with special attention to women, older persons, and minorities. A leading scholar and educator in policy on aging, geriatrics, Social Security, Medicare, and long term care, has been described as a prolific, persuasive, and original thinker.

Carroll is engaged in research, writing, and post-doctoral training at the UCSF School of Nursing's Institute for Health & Aging, which she co-founded in 1985. She has authored, co-authored, and co-edited 24 books.  Her edited volumes, including Nation’s Health (with Philip R. Lee), and Health Policy  (with Charlene Harrington, Susan Chapman, Catherine Dodd,  and Brooke Hollister) have been adopted in 400 Schools of Medicine and Nursing. At UCSF Carroll received highest research awards of the university and of the School of Nursing, and from multiple professional societies including the American Public Health Association.  A distinguished scholar at the London School of Economics and the Sorbonne in Paris, Carroll was educated at Stanford University (B.A.), Southern Methodist University (M.A.), the University of California, San Diego (Ph.D.). Russell Sage College has given her an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Carroll’s work extends far beyond academia, as the San Francisco League of Women Voters acknowledged in naming her, “A Woman Who Could Be President.” She has been consultant to U.S. Commissioners of Social Security, U.S. Senate and House Committees, appointed to Presidential commissions, and elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She is past-president of three national organizations on aging: The Gerontological Society of America, The American Society on Aging, and The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. As former Board chair of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and current Chair of the National Committee Foundation (, she is often in Washington DC working on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid policy.

Peter S. Arno, Ph.D.
Dr. Peter S. Arno is a health economist, and Senior Fellow and Director of Health Policy Research at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Distinguished Fellow at the City University of New York Institute for Health Equity (CIHE). Dr. Arno was Professor of Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College (NYMC; 2007-2013) and the founding director of the doctoral program in Health Policy and Management and the Center for Long Term Care Research & Policy at NYMC. Previously, Dr. Arno was the director of the Division of Public Health and Policy Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center (1988-2007) and has had a distinguished career in health policy and health services research. He received his doctorate in economics at the New School for Social Research and was a Pew Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco; a scholar of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and a recipient of the Investigator Award in Health Policy from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His book with Karyn Feiden, Against the Odds: The Story of AIDS Drug Development, Politics & Profits (New York: HarperCollins), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.


Dr. Arno’s recent work includes studies on food insecurity and the elderly; economics of informal caregiving and long-term care; social and geographic determinants of obesity; regulation and pricing practices of the pharmaceutical industry and the impact of income support policies such as Social Security and the Earned Income Tax Credit on population health and health disparities. Dr. Arno has testified before numerous U.S. House and Senate committees on areas related to his research.

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Ari Guiterrez 
As the Director of Government Advertising for the Daily Journal Corporation, Ms. Gutiérrez manages the Government Advertising Division, which operates as a full-service media buyer. For over 25 years, Ms. Gutiérrez has been a competent liaison between mass media and government agencies. Her responsibilities include oversight of statewide and regional multi-media and multilingual social service media campaigns. She is an entrepreneurial problem solver with an empowering team leader approach. She is bilingual English / Spanish.

Her community work includes: Producing the Latino LGBT Pride Festival 2003 and 2004. In 2005, she co-founded and served a six-year term as Executive Vice President of the HONOR Political Action Committee (HONOR PAC), which advocates for Latina/o LGBT Empowerment through endorsement of candidates for elective office and ballot initiatives. In 2006, she was elected to the County of Los Angeles Central Committee Democratic Party as a representative of the 49th Assembly District. In 2007, she was voted Democrat of the Year for her Assembly District peers. In 2008, Ms. Gutiérrez managed HONOR PAC’s “No on Proposition 8” campaign office in East Los Angeles. In response to Proposition 8, Ms. Gutiérrez co-founded and is the Chairperson of a non-profit community based organization, the Latino Equality Alliance (LEA), through which community leaders work in collaboration to address LGBT racial justice issues in the Latino community including family acceptance, immigration, and marriage equality. Advocacy methods include community organizing, leadership development, media relations, and public education. In 2011, the Liberty Hill Foundation named her a “Leader to Watch” and the Stonewall Democrats named LEA the “Organization of the Year.” In 2012, the California LGBT Legislative Caucus recognized LEA for its LGBT racial justice work and same year; Ms. Gutierrez was invited by the Speaker of the California Assembly to become a liaison to the White House representing the Latino LGBT community. Ms. Gutierrez was named in the “2013 Hot List” by the premier LGBT news source, Frontiers Magazine.

Additionally, in 2013, the grassroots LGBT advocacy group Marriage Equality USA recognized the Latino Equality Alliance as a vital “Community Partner” to its community organizing and public awareness efforts. A resident of Los Angeles since 1987, Ari's experience growing up in the border towns of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, contributes to a diverse and multi-cultural worldview. She attended high school and college in San Antonio, Texas where her family still resides. Ari and her partner, Connie, have been in a committed relationship since 2000. Ari's niece, Sara, came to live with them at age 15 as an at-risk student and is now attending college. After 10 years together, Connie and Ari adopted their daughter, Emma, who is now enjoying her amazing three’s.
Terry O'Neill
Terry O’Neill is an attorney, law professor and activist for social justice, and was elected president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 2009.  She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committees.
William K Vaughan

Bill Vaughan is currently a consultant in the health sector for Consumers Union, the non-profit, independent publisher of Consumer Reports. Starting in 1965 he worked for various Members of the House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee, and retired in 2001 as Health Subcommittee Staff Director for the Minority. Between 2003 and May 2005 he was Director of Government Relations for Families USA, a national health advocacy organization.

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Katherine S. Villers
Kate Villers is an innovator in developing high social impact organizations and an advocate for building consumer-based health advocacy to shape health access and other policy reforms. She is president and was founding executive director of Community Catalyst, a national nonprofit advocacy organization that works in over 30 states to build consumer organizational leadership for both state and national health reforms. She also is president of RealBenefits , a nonprofit social enterprise providing web-based tools for community access to public coverage and other benefit programs.Previously, Kate co-founded both the Villers Foundation and its successor organization, Families USA. She was executive director of the Massachusetts offices of both of these organizations from 1982 until 1997, when she established Community Catalyst as an independent group.An urban planner, Kate previously founded New Communities Housing Management, which integrated community capacity-building approaches into the management of low- and moderate-income housing. She also was research director for the Interfaith Housing Corporation and the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency.She has served on the boards of directors of several national, state and local organizations, including the Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts, Women and Philanthropy, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Concord Housing Authority, and National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. She currently chairs the Community Catalyst and RealBenefits boards of directors and also serves on the boards of Health Care for All in Massachusetts and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation in Washington , D.C. She has a master’s degree in urban affairs from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Grinnell College.
Honorable Robert M. Ball, Founding Advisor

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