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Currently serving on the Board of the Jacob Rose Family Foundation, Robert Kasirer provides both funding and industry expertise to the interdisciplinary study of aging. He has spent his career in the field of real estate and long-term health care, and has learned a great deal about the housing and health care needs of older adults. Robert Kasirer holds a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law in Queens, New York, graduating in 1973. He has applied his legal expertise and dedication to aging adults through the firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips, serving in an Of Counsel role. During this time, he advised on real estate and development matters that focused on health care properties, retirement communities, and senior housing facilities.
Robert Kasirer has applied these same skills as an executive of Sherman Oaks, California's Golden State Health Centers, Inc., an owner and operator of numerous skilled nursing facilities that provide nursing care to senior and disabled individuals. From the corporate office, Mr. Kasirer was involved with operations of the facilities and related ancillary services, and played a key role in the firm’s path from a public to a private company. Through his work, Robert Kasirer understands the needs of aging populations and the many business and policy challenges presented by typical aging, as well as age-related diseases.
Inspired by this awareness, Robert Kasirer volunteers his time on several occasions per year to aging research-related initiatives. Through the activities supported by the Jacob Rose Family Foundation, Mr. Kasirer forwards his desire to promote quality interdisciplinary aging-related research and education. In 2010, the Jacob Rose Family Foundation supported a conference, New Aging, presented at the University of Pennsylvania by the Graduate School of Architecture and Design.
In addition, Robert Kasirer contributes to several other medical, religious, architectural, and community building institutions. Additionally, he supports the Harvard-Westlake School and several university-based Hillel organizations, including activities at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA. Mr. Kasirer was a member of the External Advisory Board for The University of Pennsylvania's Institute on Aging for six years, as well as Chairman of the Board for two years. The organization focuses on education and research into aging and age-related disease. The Advisory Board also aims to improve the quality of life of older people. Previously, Mr. Kasirer was on the Board of the UCLA Institute of Aging.