Members and potential members look to the CALA Board of Directors for representation and leadership. To have a better vision of all that these Assisted Living leaders do for their companies and CALA members, we asked them a series of questions. Their answers illuminate their ideas on work, community, and caring for seniors, and show the breadth and variety of companies represented on the CALA Board of Directors. To celebrate these thoughtful, dedicated people working on our members’ behalf, we will feature weekly interviews with each board member, available here and on the CALA Board of Directors webpage.
Joel Goldman is a partner at Hanson Bridgett, LLP in San Francisco. His practice focuses almost exclusively on the representation of owners and operators of Assisted Living and senior care communities.
1. Why do you work in Assisted Living?
I get to interact with and assist a wonderful group of dedicated industry professionals who are passionate about what they do.
2. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt, and why?
College professor because I enjoy intellectual stimulation and (no surprise to those who know me) I really enjoy speaking to groups.
3. What are the most important things we should know about your company?
We have a wide array of attorneys who understand the Assisted Living industry—not just those of us who handle operational, regulatory, and licensure matters, but litigators; employment law and employee benefits attorneys; and real estate, finance, business, and tax attorneys, all of whom have extensive experience working with our senior care clients.
4. How would you describe your experience on the CALA board?
I have been on the CALA Board for nearly 20 years now. It has provided me with an amazing opportunity to develop professional and personal relationships with industry leaders and to help CALA grow from a fledgling start-up to an established industry leader. And it has been fun!
5. Who are your heroes, and why?
My grandparents. They emigrated to the United States in the early 1900’s, leaving behind persecution and oppression, with nothing more than a suitcase and hope for a better life. Though they struggled at times, especially through the depression, they made sure that their children got college educations. I am a product of the American Dream.
6. What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?
I enjoy watching my kids’ sporting events, and I still play in two softball leagues myself.
7. What advice was given to you that you feel elevated your performance in life?
Don’t take yourself too seriously.