Mayor Bowser Announces Executive Director of the District of Columbia Office on Aging
(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of Laura Newland to serve as Executive Director of the DC Office on Aging (DCOA). Newland, who previously served as the Interim General Counsel at DCOA, will lead an agency that develops and carries out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, education, employment and social services for the District’s older adults, persons living with disabilities and their caregivers.
“In her short time in District government, Laura has proven herself to be an innovative and forward-thinking leader,” said Mayor Bowser. “Her experience and skills will ensure that District seniors and their caregivers are connected to government resources, and that older residents are able to age independently and comfortably in their communities.”
Laura Newland was appointed as Interim Executive Director for DCOA effective November 9, 2015. Prior to this position, she served as DCOA’s Interim General Counsel and supported the agency on a broad range of legal and policy issues as part of the senior management team. Before coming to the agency, Newland served as Special Assistant for Community Living in the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, where she worked primarily on interagency long-term care and real property tax issues in the District.
Newland has professional roots in advocacy. Prior to joining District government, Newland worked at AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly directing the Real Property Tax Project, where she spearheaded the community advocacy and litigation strategy that led to significant legislative reform in 2014, and the creation of the Real Property Tax Lien Ombudsman. Before receiving her Juris Doctor degree, she worked in a variety of nonprofit settings, spanning numerous issues including domestic violence, jail-based voting and registration, and consumer protection.
Newland received her Juris Doctor degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Political Science from Kalamazoo College.