Mr. Mario E. Tapia is the founder of the Latino Center on Aging. Mr. Tapia has worked for over forty years in various aspects of planning and delivering services to older Americans at the federal, state, and local levels.
His first position with the elderly was as Planner/Coordinator for the Somerset County Office on Aging, Somerville, NJ in 1977. Since then he has demonstrated much dedication and commitment to developing and improving access to services for older adults, making a particular effort on behalf of the less fortunate, the frail, and the minority older persons.
Mr. Tapia has lectured at numerous colleges, universities, and national conventions throughout the United States and abroad. His expertise has been sought by the New York State Office for the Aging and the New Jersey Division on Aging, who nominated him as a member of their respective state committees preparing for the 1981, the 1995, and the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.
Mr. Tapia is or has been an active member of the following organizations or groups:
Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), National Advisory Board Member
Chilean Civic Center – USA, President
NYS Mature Worker Task Force, Member
NYS Senate Committee on Aging, Advisory Committee Member
National Hispanic Media Coalition-NY Chapter, Steering Committee Member
Mr. Tapia received his degree as “Licenciado en Filosofía y Educación” (e.g., Masters in Arts) from the Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile, is listed in Who’s Who Among Hispanic-Americans’, in the 1991-92 edition.
WPIX-Ch 11, NY, designated him “Unsung Heroe” in October 2002.
Mr. Tapia received the NY Post Liberty Medal of Freedom at Gracie Mansion, NYC, in October, 2003.
In 1995 Mr. Tapia was declared “Illustrious Son” by his hometown, San Felipe-Chile.