Carla Roussos is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. Carla received a B.S. in Psychology at City College. Carla is the Co-Founder of Healing Arts, a non-profit organization focused on providing free painting classes as art therapy for older adults. This led Carla to have a passion for public policy and meeting the unmet needs of the older adult population. She has further focused her community planning interests on creating and enhancing community-based programs and services for older adults in low-income communities, with a primary focus on healthcare access (including mental health) and affordable housing related programs. Carla feels that senior citizens are a vulnerable population and there is a need to improve their quality of life through advocacy and the direct provision of targeted services. She believes it is important that all Americans should be afforded the opportunity to stay healthy, active, and engaged. Carla has served for over three years as a Caseworker/Assistant Director at a social service nonprofit organization that serves older adults—that is where she developed a passion for supporting undeserved communities. In Carla’s free time, she enjoys traveling and trying food from all over the world. Carla has studied abroad in Italy and South Korea.