I have broad-based experience as a clinician, researcher, teacher, advocate, and leader. I established a geriatric psychiatry division at UCSD that partners with a large public mental health system. My research has spanned from neuroscience to community psychiatry, and from schizophrenia to healthy aging. I have mentored over 200 young trainees, many of them women and members of underrepresented minority groups, who have developed successful professional careers. I have visited Capitol Hill to lobby for mental health parity. As their president, I have worked hard to shape several psychiatric organizations (including the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry), in ways that enhanced their missions.