Josefina Carbonell is SVP of Long-Term Care and Nutrition at Independent Living Systems (ILS). She directs the integration of healthcare services with strategic national long-term care re-balancing efforts, and oversees the development of local community provider networks to build comprehensive models of care.
In 2001, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she directed all operations of $4.1 billion in Federal grant programs to support community-based long-term care services for the U.S. elderly. She also co-led the implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act, SNP’s and Part D Benefits, as well as served as a principal advocate in the U.S. for independent living for the elderly. Josefina established, modernized, and guided numerous programs, campaigns, and networks in HHS until she joined the ILS management team in January 2009.
Previously, Josefina also served as the chief executive of Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County, Inc., the nation’s largest aging, health and nutrition services program in Florida geared towards the geriatric Hispanic community. Josephina also serves as a board member for several organizations on aging, including the National Council on Aging, Easter Seals, Partners at Home LLC, Florida Council on Aging, Florida Atlantic University’s Board of Advisors for the Academy on Aging, and Independent Living Community Services, Inc.
Josefina received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University in Public Administration and External Studies. She continued her education at Harvard University and received a Certificate Degree Program for State and Local Senior Executives from the JFK School of Government.