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Columbia: Mailman School Alumna Named CEO/Executive Director of Senior Community

Ms. Chiyo Moriuchi (MPH ‘15) was named CEO/Executive Director of Friends Home & Village, a 122 year old retirement community in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1897, Friends Home & Village is considered a pioneer in providing dignified, independent, and affordable living for older adults on two campuses.

Ms. Moriuchi received her MPH from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health focusing on aging issues, where she designed an evaluation protocol for an aging in place community. She also served as program manager for an evidence-based falls prevention program at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, housed at the Mailman School. In addition to her academic training, Ms. Moriuchi has extensive experience as a non-profit board member and business executive in finance and real estate investment management in the U.S. and Asia. She received an MBA from Columbia in 1986.

“Projections show that by 2029 there will be 14.4 million middle-income adults over 75 years old and less than 54 percent of seniors will have the savings they need for their later years,” said Ms. Moriuchi. “The senior housing industry has generally focused on the high income population leaving few options for those of more modest means. Friends Home & Village is committed to continuing to provide a high-quality, affordable and supportive community for older adults and I am pleased to become part of its remarkable history and commitment.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Chiyo with her rich background and fresh ideas to help us build on the Friends Home and Village historic commitment to affordably support adults to age well,” said board chairman Mr. Terry Christensen. “Her extensive experience…will serve us well as we begin this new phase in serving the needs of today’s senior members of our community.”

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