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Dr. Imani Woody
Dr. Woody is an internationally and nationally recognized thought leader and an advocate of women, people of color and LGBTQ+ people for more than 25 years. Dr. Woody retired from AARP to become a pioneer in the building of alternative housing and creating welcoming environments. She is the founder and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, with the vision and commitment to serve LGBTQ+ elders. Dr. Woody has been a three-term Mayoral Commissioner appointee to the DC Office of LGBTQ Affairs and appointed by Mayor Bowser to serve on the Global Age-Friendly Task Force. Dr. Woody was the first Program Officer for the 50+ Ministry of Metropolitan Community Churches and is a founding Board member and President of the Greater Brookland Intergenerational Village. She continues to provide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshops to government for-profit and non-profit organizations to working to negate implicit biases and inclusion of the “whole” person. Dr. Woody has a PhD in Public Service Leadership from Capella University and a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University. Dr. Woody’s awards include the 2020 Encore Public Voices, Next Avenue’s 2019 Influencers in Aging, Forbes Business of Pride, and the SAGE Creating Change Advocacy Award. Dr. Woody lives with her wife of 20 years in Washington, DC.
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