What's new?

Openings for new MCAAE members

The Mayor's Council on African American Elders is now seeking new members. Please review our mission, purpose, and qualifications here. To apply, e-mail a letter of interest and resume to Karen.Winston@seattle.gov.

2020 Accomplishments

To read a summary of MCAAE accomplishments last year, click here.

Memory Sunday

Memory Sunday is an annual event in June in which congregations serving African Americans provide education on Alzheimer's prevention, treatment, research studies, and caregiving. Twenty faith communities recognized Memory Sunday in virtual events in 2021. For information about 2022 Memory Sunday programs and resources, e-mail karen.winston@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-0706. 2021 participants & flyer

Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 12, 2021. For several years, the Mayor's Council on African American Elders, Northwest African American Museum, and other community partners have collaborated on a special event celebrating grandparents and families on Grandparents Day at the museum. For more information or to get involved, e-mail karen.winston@seattle.govGrandparents: Love, Culture & History | NAAM Encore Program | AgeWise King County article

African American Caregivers Forum

Save the date! The 2021 Legacy of Love African American Caregivers Forum is scheduled on Saturday, November 13. The annual forum is an opportunity to support caregivers whose loved ones are experiencing Alzheimer's or a related dementia. For information about 2020 and previous forums, click here. For sponsor opportunities, e-mail karen.winston@seattle.gov.

About Us

The Mayor's Council on African American Elders (MCAAE) was established in 1995 by Seattle Mayor Norman B. Rice to oversee the development of a comprehensive continuum of services to serve the needs of African American elders.

The Mayor's Council on African American Elders is a council of up to 12 members that advocates for programs and services on behalf of older African Americans. One of MCAAE's goals is to recruit people from diverse professional backgrounds. The current composition includes individuals with expertise in aging, case management, education, housing, and program administration. Members are required to live within King County.

The MCAAE is interested in learning your opinions about the needs of African American elders in Seattle and King County.


Who We Are

MCAAE members

What makes us unique?

  • We are an intermediary between the government and the community.
  • We are a Council of up to 12 members that advises City officials on policies, programs and services of benefit to older African Americans.
  • Council members reside in Seattle or in King County.
  • Each member is appointed by the Mayor to serve renewable two-year terms.
  • We periodically conduct public forums to solicit public comment, inform, and provide formal and informal comments and recommendations to the Mayor.

Council members reflect a broad range of professional and community experience and perspectives and seek to maintain the diversity and strength of the Council. More specifically, the Mayor seeks candidates who are active in Seattle and King County community affairs and have skills and experience in health care, research, fund development and public relations, and who have contacts in African American churches.

Participation on the Council requires a significant commitment. It includes attendance at monthly meetings and participation on at least one sub-committee. Council members also attend and participate in relevant public meetings and events. Council members are willing to serve without compensation.