Robert Friedland is the founding director of the Center on an Aging Society. Friedland has had a wide range of research and public policy experience, including chief economist for Maryland's Medicaid program; senior research associate at the Employee Benefit Research Institute; director of the American Association of Retired Person's Public Policy Institute; Research Director, National Academy of Social Insurance; and economist on the staff of the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care, better known as the Pepper Commission. Friedland is on the board of the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Long-Term Care Education Foundation, and the Editorial Board of Aging Today. Friedland received his doctorate in economics from the George Washington University in 1983.