Ai-jen Poo (born 1974) is an American activist. She is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is also the co-director of Caring Across Generations, a national coalition of 200 advocacy organizations working to transform the long-term care system in the US, with a focus on the needs of aging Americans, people with disabilities, and their caregivers.
She is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award.
In February 2015, The New Press released her book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.
Ai-Jen Poo's Taiwanese parents instilled her with strong "social justice values". Her father was a scientist and one-time political activist who immigrated from Taiwan in the 1970s. Her mother had a PhD in chemistry as well as an MD, and was an oncologist at two of the top cancer centers in the nation. She graduated from Phillips Academy in 1992 and Columbia University, where she was one of more than 100 students who occupied the rotunda in Low Library; this occupation led to the creation of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race...
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