We’re really excited to introduce one of our latest team members, Nora Dowd Eisenhower, who will be serving as the head of the Office for Older Americans. We took a moment to chat with Nora – here’s a little bit about her story, and why she’s excited to be here:
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi! I’m Nora. I’m originally from New York, but have lived in Philadelphia for twenty five years. My husband, Jim and I have loved living, working, and raising our family there. I started my career as a consumer lawyer and spent several years as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging.
Why did you decide to join the Bureau?
In a nutshell, it’s the combination of the people, the start-up environment, and the mission. I really like working with everyone here – I’m inspired every day because my colleagues are thought leaders in their worlds, and they’re all here at this moment in time, working towards a common goal.
What issues are you most excited to work on here?
I’m really interested in what I believe is a key issue for older Americans – aging and financial security. Around 10,000 people a day are turning 65 and will for the next 18 years. If we look at the key decisions that most people need to make during this time of life, we should be supporting people as they age with the best information, when they are ready to use it.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the community you serve?
The biggest challenge is figuring out what comes next for many older Americans as they turn 65. Some are retiring, some are re-entering the workforce, and others just want more flexibility and time to decide. We want to engage older Americans to think about their future and plot a course that will provide them, their families, and loved ones with later-life economic security.