Chief Programs & Community Engagement Officer
Joe Gavin joined the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation in December 2018. Previously, Joe worked for over 7 years at Serving Seniors, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors in poverty live healthy fulfilling lives. His most recent role was director of integrated services, overseeing all programs provided by the interdisciplinary team at the organization’s flagship community site, the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center.
Joe was instrumental in the development, operationalization and implementation of the collaborative project between Serving Seniors and the West Senior Dental Center. As Serving Seniors’ lead administrator on this project, Joe supervised a team of interdisciplinary professionals that weaved wellness services with affordable, high quality dental services for older adults with limited access to care. More than 900 older adults received comprehensive services during Joe’s tenure.
Joe demonstrated his versatility as Serving Seniors’ lead manager on the rehabilitation of a 155-unit building that required the temporary relocation of more than 175 residents for several months. This partnership with Westminster Manor, Chelsea Investment Corp., and Serving Seniors required significant investment to ensure the well-being of a culturally and age-diverse population. In 2015, the project earned a nomination for a national award for building redevelopment.
At SDSCF, Joe brings a thorough knowledge of San Diego’s older adult network, as well as expertise on programs/services, older adult infrastructure, and the biopsychosocial gerontological environment. Joe will establish relationships with a variety of community stakeholders, conduct environmental assessments, and create content that will support SDSCF in its mission to transition the local senior population from vulnerable to vibrant.
Joe holds a B.S. in psychology from Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, and a M.S. in gerontology from San Diego State University.