Dr. E. Percil Stanford’s decades-long dedication to gerontology and minority aging led him to create Folding Voice. Dr. Stanford wanted to continue developing and delivering the ideas, leadership, and solutions he has shared with non-profits, businesses, governmental and academic institutions, and individuals around the globe. Folding Voice’s collaborative, interactive approach reflects his personal commitment to the voices of older people and value and richness of the human lifespan.
Dr. Stanford co-created Folding Voice in 2011 with Dawan Stanford, JD, PhD after leaving AARP as its Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer in December 2010. He is the President of Folding Voice LLC and also the President of KIND Corporation, a San Diego-based group that provides housing for low-income older people.
Dr. Stanford’s professional life, from its inception, reflects a broad and deep involvement in gerontology. His early association with the first White House Conference on aging set the stage for his desire to work on behalf of the older population. Soon after, Dr. Stanford received his Ph.D. with an emphasis in Gerontology from Iowa State University. He then served as Associate Director for Education and Training Programs in the Administration on Aging in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and helped establish the first university-based education and training programs in aging. As a Congressional Fellow, he served as Staff Consultant to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and Senator Alan Cranston and focused on issues related to retirement, veterans’ affairs and pensions. Upon returning to the Department of Health Education and welfare, he worked in the Office of the Secretary as an Operations Officer responsible for the oversight of Social Rehabilitation Service Programs in Federal Regions IV and VI.
When Dr. Stanford went to San Diego State University he was instrumental in establishing certificate and degree (bachelors and masters) programs in gerontology. At SDSU, he conducted research programs, designed and taught undergraduate and graduate social work and gerontology courses for 30 years. His achievements included being the Charter Director of the University Center on Aging at SDSU, establishing the National Institute on Minority Aging, and directing several national programs under the umbrella of the University Center on Aging. As Professor Emeritus at SDSU, he continues his commitment to the gerontology program. During his tenure at SDSU, Dr. Stanford vigorously pursued a complete gerontological vision that was intergenerational, cross-cultural, diverse and global.
As the field of gerontology has evolved, Dr. Stanford has been a leader in the development of some key programs and organizations including the American Society on Aging, The Gerontological Society of America, and The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. He continues to serve on several boards, committees and work groups that influence policies that affect the welfare of older people at the local, state and federal levels.