Brian M. Duke, Secretary of Aging

Brian Duke was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to be the Secretary of Aging on February 3, 2011 and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on May 3, 2011.

The department oversees many services and benefits for older Pennsylvanians and advocates for their interests at all levels of government.

Prior to his nomination by Governor Tom Corbett, Duke served as Director of the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging. Before that he served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, a statewide public charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of older persons.

Prior to his work with the Foundation, Duke served as a consultant working with the U.S. Administration on Aging and the AARP Foundation in the development of statewide care giving coalitions in 12 states. He also co-chaired the Caring Community, a coalition of over 100 organizations convened by WHYY, the public broadcasting station serving the greater Philadelphia region.

Duke has also served as consultant with the Family Caregiver: Outreach and Assistance in Our Communities Project with the Pennsylvania State University, Agricultural and Extension Education, Intergenerational Programs and Aging. He  is the author of Caregiver Coalitions Advocacy Guide: Uniting Voices, Building Community with the National Alliance for Caregiving.

Duke served as Director of Geriatric Program Initiatives with the Institute on Aging of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Prior to this he was in the field of hospital administration for twenty years including service as Administrative Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Saint Mary Medical Center in Langhorne and the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

He served as a member and Secretary of the Board of the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging.  Duke participates at the national, state and local level to foster effective strategies to support family caregivers, encourage aging well and build effective community partnerships.

Duke holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Scranton, an MHA (Health Administration) from George Washington University and an MBE (Bioethics) from the University of Pennsylvania. Duke is an Associate Fellow of the Institute on Aging of the University of Pennsylvania.