Dr. Anabel Pelham is a Professor Emerita. She is the founding Director of the Gerontology Program at SF State, wherein she served for 35 years; 15 years as department chair. Her current interests include international aging, community-based health and human services, wellness/spirituality in aging, advancing age-friendly cities and professionalization of the discipline of gerontology. Dr. Pelham is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the Gerontological Society of America’s International Task Force, and the Board of Directors of the Los Altos Community Foundation. She is the president of the National Association for Professional Gerontologists (NAPG) and the executive director of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFÉ) in Los Altos, California.