Serving Seniors Welcomes New Chief Development and External Affairs Officer

Serving Seniors Welcomes New Chief Development and External Affairs Officer
October, 2016 Client News

SAN DIEGO – Oct. 24, 2016Serving Seniors welcomes Lori Gremel as the new chief development and external affairs officer. In this role, Lori will work directly under President and CEO, Paul Downey, to lead the agency’s fundraising activities and external affairs.

“After a rigorous interview process, we were very impressed with Lori’s extensive major gift fundraising and governmental affairs experience,” said Paul Downey. “She has a proven track record of success. I am confident Lori will make a positive impact on our organization.”

In her most recent role as director of development for UC Irvine, Gremel led development and external relations programs for the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. Prior to this role, she served as director of development at San Diego State University and UC San Diego. Gremel also served as executive director for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and as vice president responsible for charitable giving and community relations for Charles Schwab & Co. Inc.

“We are experiencing a dramatically increasing aging population and Serving Seniors provides critical support in keeping our poorest elderly neighbors in San Diego healthy, independent and thriving,” said Gremel. “I’m honored to be joining this vibrant organization and help raise awareness of seniors’ needs and funding for programs.”

Gremel earned a bachelor of arts degree in public administration from Michigan State University and a master of arts degree in liberal studies from Georgetown University.

About Serving Seniors
Serving Seniors is a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives. Founded more than 45 years ago, the organization meets its mission by offering a coordinated wellness model that addresses many senior issues under one roof. Through its collaborative partnerships, Serving Seniors is able to provide nutrition, wellness classes, mental health services, social services, advocacy, transitional housing for homeless seniors and permanent supportive housing. This safety net of services encourages seniors to live healthier lives by addressing successful aging. As a result, it keeps seniors out of emergency rooms, reduces hospital stays and delays and/or eliminates the need for long-term care. The agency has been skillfully led for more than 20 years by president and chief executive officer Paul Downey. Downey is the past president of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP), and is the current chair and two-time appointed commissioner of the California Commission on Aging. Serving Seniors was a “Top Workplace of 2016” in the small company category by the San Diego Union-Tribune. For more information, please visit, Facebook or Twitter, or call (619) 235-6572.