Bryan Gaines serves as Co-Chair and Project Specialist for Advocates for African American Elders. He is also Assistant Director of the Hartford Academic Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). Most recently, Gaines served as the Director of Professional Training at the Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter, where he oversaw several major programs, Professional Training, Physician Outreach, TrialMatch and Memories in the Making. He specializes in program development, program evaluation, elder health and geriatrics; specifically in areas of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Gaines earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in clinical psychology, Master’s degree in social work and a geriatric certificate from USC. He is also the recipient of numerous academic awards and is a lifetime member of The National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, USC Chapter. After caring for his father who lived with Alzheimer’s disease for over 7 years, he found his passion being an active Alzheimer’s Association volunteer and advocated and served as an Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador to Congresswoman Maxine Waters of the 35th Congressional District for over 2 years.