Najja Orr assumed the role of President and CEO of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) during an unprecedented time in PCA’s history as services had to quickly adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under his direction, services are continuing to meet the ever-evolving needs of Philadelphia’s older adults. This includes delivering more than 2 million meals to older Philadelphians through home-delivered and community-based meal programs since the start of the pandemic.
Orr is a member of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s (PDPH) Vaccine Advisory Committee and has joined the PDPH on several COVID press conferences to speak on PCA services and supports for those impacted by COVID-19. In June 2020, he also testified before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging about the impact of social isolation and loneliness in older adults due to the pandemic. Orr joined PCA in 2017 as the chief strategy officer, leading the agency’s planning department. Prior to coming to PCA, Orr worked for the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging since 2002 and served as the agency’s director since 2011.
Orr has served on several boards during his tenure in the aging field and held a number of positions. Orr currently sits on the American Society on Aging board of directors and is member of the Fellowship of The College of Physicians. He has also served as chair of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Cultural Diversity Advisory Council, PCA Care Connections, and the Bucks County Commissioners Senior Task Force; president of the Bucks County Foundation on Aging and Innovations Home Care; board secretary and southeast regional representative for the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging; a member of the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging Cultural Diversity Committee, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Vision Council.
Orr is a doctoral candidate at Temple University. He currently holds a master’s degree in business administration from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehouse College.