Who We Are

Learn more about who we are and what drives our work.

About Us

Since its founding in 2018, the Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness has been advocating for policy change that addresses the adverse effects of social isolation and loneliness. The Coalition represents some of the most influential consumer groups, patient advocates, health plans, community-based organizations, behavioral health groups, and private sector innovators in the United States, all who share a mission to create a more socially connected nation. Through disseminating research findings and leading public awareness campaigns alongside its sister organization, the Foundation for Social Connection, and advocating for legislative and regulatory interventions, the Coalition envisions a society where every individual will one day have the opportunities and support necessary to be socially engaged.

Our Mission

The Coalition’s mission is to engage diverse stakeholders, increase public awareness, promote innovative research, and advocate for policy change that addresses the adverse consequences of social isolation and loneliness and advances approaches that improve social connectedness for all Americans. 

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, with its waves of isolation, disconnection, and loss, the Coalition’s mission becomes critical – even now more than ever – in grounding ourselves in meaningful connection, resiliency, and belonging.

Our Team

Executive director

Communications Coordinator

Program & Implementation Manager

Our Contracted Support Staff

Meg Wallace

Partnerships manager

Rachel Jordan

Policy analyst

Debra McCarron

Senior Communications Advisor

Our Fellows

Hannah Berkel

Communications Intern

Deborah Shoola

Social Connection Fellow

Our Board of Directors

Andrew MacPherson

Founder & Board Chair

Mary Ann Boccolini

Board Member

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Carla Perissinotto, MD

Board Member

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Ray Quintero

Board Member

Orriel Richardson

Board Member