Robert Espinoza is the Vice President of Policy at PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute), the nation’s leading authority on the direct-care workforce. Through policy advocacy, research and analysis at the state and national level, PHI's policy program strengthens the direct-care workforce and prepares our nation to care for a rapidly growing population of older adults and people with disabilities. Mr. Espinoza has been a national policy expert, communications strategist and writer for more than 15 years. He currently serves on the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education at CMS, as well as advisory panels for Aging Today and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 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 established and steered SAGE's national advocacy program—achieving historic wins and numerous distinctions, while authoring seminal policy reports on a vast array of topics, including health equity, racial disparities, housing security, and a research report on the largest, most comprehensive study examining the experiences and attitudes of LGBT older people. He is a frequent commentator for The Huffington Post and serves on advisory boards for StoryCorps; the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and Aging Today, the national newspaper for the American Society on Aging. Mr. Espinoza’s communications awards include two GLAAD distinctions for excellence in marketing and eight awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, including the “Gold Award of Excellence” (AIVA’s highest honor) for his work on the 2014 "Out & Visible" market research report on LGBT aging. He also served as the Director of Research and Communications at Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Director of Communications at the Service Employees International Union Local 105. He received his Master of Public Administration, with honors, from New York University, and his bachelor's degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated summa cum laude.