Nancy N. Eustis, PhD


Nancy N. Eustis is Professor Emerita of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She teaches courses in social policy and evaluation research. She has both an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota with specializations in gerontology, and family and social psychology. She has particular interest in health care and personal assistance services for older people and people with disabilities.

In addition to the Rainbow Research Board, she also serves on the State Council on Disability, on the Executive Committee of the University of Minnesota Center on Aging, and as part of the leadership group of the Vital Aging Network. She has also served on the board of directors for the Courage Center and the National Coalition on Aging and Disability.

Eustis was named Deputy Director for the University of Minnesota Center on Aging in 1996 and has served as the All-University Council on Aging Co-chair. In 1994-95, she was Special Assistant in Disability, Aging, and Long-term Care Policy in the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Eustis joined the Board because she “believes in its mission.” She has taught and conducted evaluation or policy-relevant research, and has been employed in organizations doing comparable applied research in health and human services. She hopes her experiences can contribute to an effective organization.