In addition, he was recently appointed interim CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). If his current docket isn't busy enough, he also works for the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, consulting on issues related to legislation for the aging, using his years of experience as a consultant with many Fortune 500 companies.
His passion for the needs of senior citizens stems from his long association with them: "My parents were much older than many of my friends' parents, so I had a lifetime of associating with older relatives and friends of theirs," he recollects. "Whether it might be a dinner or activity, I always make it a point to listen to what they have to say. Because I was involved in politics in California, I was fully aware of issues facing seniors."
But more than his youthful association with older people, Mori's leadership role at APAICS, his consultant work on aging and active participation within the Asian American community today is largely motivated by his experiences as a 50-plus member: "Turning 50 was somewhat of a milestone for me," he notes. "My hope is to educate and penetrate people by looking at policy and seeing how their voice can be of value."
His work in policymaking today ensures that the 50-plus do not lose their voice in the democratic process. "Older Americans are becoming a greater part of our society and we are all living longer, so policy related to older Americans is very critical and important," he points out. "We can't forget the needs of the people who have given so much to make our country as great as it is."
He is still living a fulfilling life, giving back to his community and engaging in his passions. But even as he looks toward the future, with all the things he still wants to do and to achieve, he seems amused by how far he has come and the detours his life has taken.
"I would have never imagined a life that was outside of how I grew up on the farm. My life has changed in so many ways for the better," he says. "My dream was to have a home, a family, a yard, and I did all of that. As life changes, so do your aspirations."
Clarence Cabanero is an intern with Multicultural Markets and Engagement at AARP.
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