ADvancing States Welcomes Abby Cox as Senior Director of Aging Policy and Holly Riley as Director of Aging Services

Abby Cox, Senior Director of Aging Policy Holly Riley, Director of Aging Services

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - ADvancing States, a national organization dedicated to advancing state policies and practices that support the needs of older adults and people with disabilities, is proud to announce the appointment of two distinguished professionals to key leadership roles within the organization.

Abby Cox will join ADvancing States as the Senior Director of Aging Policy, effective February 5, 2024. In this capacity, Ms. Cox will provide strategic leadership over the aging and disability portfolio, overseeing the analysis of federal regulations and advocating for the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. With her extensive background in business solutions and state-level aging services, including her tenure as the Vice President of Business Solutions at WellSky and as the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Aging Services in Georgia, Ms. Cox brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role. She holds a Master of Social Work and Gerontology Certificate from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee University.

Joining Ms. Cox is Holly Riley, who will serve as the Director of Aging Services. With over 25 years of experience in aging services, Ms. Riley most recently served as the Aging Services Coordination Director at Texas Health and Human Services. Her work in Texas focused on policy development, community capacity-building, and innovative initiatives to promote quality of life for older adults. Ms. Riley's dedication to enhancing aging services is evidenced by her leadership on initiatives such as Aging Texas Well and Texercise. She will provide technical assistance and support to state aging and disability agencies in her new role.

"We are thrilled to welcome Abby Cox and Holly Riley to the ADvancing States team," said Martha Roherty, Executive Director of ADvancing States. "Their combined expertise and passion for improving the lives of older adults and people with disabilities will be invaluable as we continue our mission to advance state policies and practices across the nation."

Both Ms. Cox and Ms. Riley will play integral roles in supporting states and communities in their efforts to provide comprehensive and person-centered aging and disability programs.

News date: 
Tuesday, January 30, 2024