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Alisha Sanders is the director of housing and services policy research at the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston located in Washington, DC.

Sanders’s work focuses on identifying, evaluating, and advancing strategies and policies to link affordable housing settings with health and supportive services to enable lower-income older adults to address their care needs, maintain their quality of life, and successfully age in their home and community. She has conducted multiple program evaluations and case studies to examine resident characteristics and needs, impact on residents and other stakeholders, and operational facilitators and barriers. She has led policy-focused initiatives to understand opportunities for collaboration with health and other community-based providers and development of sustainable financing mechanisms. Sanders has also worked in other affordable housing-related issue areas, including homelessness, inclusionary zoning, and predatory lending.

Sanders holds a BA in Sociology from Rice University and an MPAff from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.