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Doug Pace
Executive Director, National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care 

Doug Pace is the executive director of the National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care, an independent commission of The New School in New York, N.Y. The Commission is an autonomous body that evaluates the quality of long-term care, identifies factors influencing the ability to improve the quality of care, and makes recommendations about national efforts that should lead to sustainable quality improvement.  

Before joining the Commission, Doug was the vice president for culture transformation and the director of assisted living and continuing care with the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) in Washington D.C. While there, he conducted policy, research and lobbying efforts for assisted living and CCRC issues and coordinated the association’s work in the area of culture change. 

Doug represented AAHSA on the Assisted Living Workgroup (ALW), which was formed at the request of the Senate Special Committee on Aging to look at the future of assisted living. The ALW presented a report to the committee in April of 2003.  A recommendation of the ALW report was the creation of the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL). Doug is the current past-chair of CEAL. 

Prior to joining AAHSA in June of 2001, Doug was president of the Tennessee Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (TNAHSA) in Nashville, Tenn.  During his 5-year tenure at TNAHSA, Doug was instrumental in the passage of legislation creating a new licensure category for assisted living, and served on the task force that helped write the rules and regulations for assisted living. In addition, he was appointed by the governor of Tennessee to the Long-Term Care Advisory Panel. The panel was charged with assisting state officials in formulating a long-term care plan for the state of Tennessee.  

Doug also served on the AAHSA Assisted Living Committee for four years prior to joining AAHSA. He is a licensed nursing home administrator who ran a 210-bed multilevel facility including a skilled nursing facility, a nursing facility, a secured Alzheimer’s unit and assisted living before joining TNAHSA.