Jill Nielsen


Lecturer Jill Nielsen has been committed to serving vulnerable aging populations since she obtained her MSW from UC Berkeley in 2004 with an emphasis in gerontology. For the past 17 years she has held a range of positions within county adult and aging departments at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Currently she oversees large-scale social services programs that are operated by San Francisco's Department of Disability and Aging Services, including the In-Home Supportive Services and Adult Protective Services programs. As an administrator, Jill strives to develop innovative programming that incorporates evidence-based practice and operates with a primary focus on equity. Within the capacity of her role and as a licensed clinical social worker, Jill regularly consults and collaborates with San Francisco departments to improve the service delivery and outcomes for older people and adults with disabilities who have highly complex needs. She is passionate about achieving elder justice and actively supports state policy reform efforts through her roles on multiple boards including the California Elder Justice Coalition. Jill is pleased to have the opportunity to return to Haviland Hall in the role of a lecturer, where she hopes to continue learning alongside her students.