Robert Espinoza is the Vice President of Policy at PHI, the nation’s leading authority on the direct care workforce, where he oversees its national policy, research, and communications programs. In 2015, he was appointed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to its Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education, as well as by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Aging, Disability and Independence. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Robert has been a national policy expert, communications strategist, and writer for 20 years. Prior to PHI, he served as the Senior Director for Public Policy and Communications at SAGE, the country’s premier organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older people, where he steered SAGE’s national advocacy program—achieving historic policy wins and authoring seminal policy reports. In 2014, he wrote Out and Visible, a research report on the largest, most comprehensive study examining the experiences and attitudes of LGBT older people. Robert received his MPA from New York University, and his BA and BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated summa cum laude.