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Tina Abbate Marzolf, MA

Project: "Operation Success"
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
Southfield, MI

Tina Abbate Marzolf is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B), a $50 million non-profit agency that represents approximately 31% of Michigan’s older adults and disabled adults, and their family caregivers. The mission of the organization is to enhance the quality of life of people living in southeast Michigan by providing programs and services that are person-centered, high quality, and community based.

Abbate Marzolf has served in various roles throughout her 22 year career at the agency. She was first hired as a Community Planner, specializing in housing, transportation, intergenerational, and diversity issues; and then as the Director of Services, at the time overseeing more than $40 million in government funded programs. She was named President and CEO in January 2007. Over her many years at the AAA 1-B, Abbate Marzolf has been instrumental in the development of several key programs, including the agency’s national award winning out of home respite program, Michigan’s first Affordable Assisted Living Program, the region’s first Mobility Management Center and partnership in the region’s first Program for the All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Under Abbate Marzolf’s leadership the AAA 1-B has achieved several Aging Innovation Awards from the National Area Agency on Aging Association. She has been featured as a key note speaker at several state and regional conferences. Her team has secured more than $3.0 million of revenue as part of the state’s first Dual Demonstration program, and has recently launched that state’s first social enterprise, called SameAddress. A program designed to create a sustainable revenue stream to eliminate wait lists in community based, Older American’s Act programs.

Abbate Marzolf holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from Central Michigan University. She is a noted speaker and presenter on aging issues locally and nationally. She currently is a member of the International Women’s Forum, and sits on several Boards, including the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Executive Committee, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter and the Avondale Education Foundation.

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