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.
Catherine Dodd - Chair
Catherine J. Dodd, PhD, RN, has devoted the last two decades to public policy and administration in the area of health and human services. Currently as the Director of the San Francisco Health Service System she is responsible for negotiating and administering health benefits for 110,000 employees, retirees and dependents of the County, the School District and the Community College. Prior to this position she served as Mayor Gavin Newsom's Deputy Chief of Staff overseeing Health, Human Services, Workforce Development, Aging Services, Community Courts and Civic Engagement. Prior to joining the Mayor's staff, she was District Chief of Staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) and prior to that she served as Region IX Director of Health and Human Services as an appointee of President Clinton. Catherine has held many leadership positions at the state and national level in the American Nurses Association and serves on the Boards of The Breast Cancer Fund, Zen Hospice Project and Glide Methodist Church.
Ari Guiterrez - Secretary/Treasurer 
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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