In January 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Richard Prudom as Secretary for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), the State Unit on Aging, whose mission is to help Florida’s 5.5 million elders remain healthy, safe, and independent.
Secretary Prudom has more than 30 years in executive leadership with the State of Florida where he has worked to develop, implement, and lead public policies and programs that improve the lives of Florida families. Since 2011, he has served at the Department of Elder Affairs as Deputy Secretary, Chief of Staff, and Chief Financial Officer.
During his time at DOEA, Prudom also led several initiatives, including the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI) and the revitalization of the Communities for a Lifetime Initiative.
DCCI was developed in response to the increasing incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Florida. Through the initiative, DOEA aims to increase awareness of dementia, provide assistance to dementia-caring communities, and continue advocacy for care and cure programs.
Mr. Prudom also leads the Department’s efforts to make Florida an Age-Friendly State in close partnership with AARP and their Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
Prudom received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. In September 2014, Prudom took the oath to become an American citizen and now enjoys dual citizenship with the United Kingdom.