Our Team


Shelley Rood Wernick

Managing Director


Shelley Rood Wernick is the Managing Director of the Center on Aging and Trauma. Her work bridges the gap between the fields of aging and trauma by recognizing that a history of trauma as a risk factor for poor mental, social, emotional and physical health; and by promoting person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) care as the normative strategy for serving all older adults. Previously, Shelley lobbied on behalf of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, conveying policy priorities to Congress and the White House and training communities to advocate for the diverse populations they serve. On behalf of Federations, Shelley led the Congressional initiative to install the Jewish Chaplains Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Before joining the nonprofit sector, Shelley was a foreign policy advisor on Capitol Hill. Shelley earned a BA from the University of Florida in Sociology and Political Science and an MBA from Georgetown University. Shelley serves on the board of Hillel at the University of Florida.