Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns Biography

OPICA is privileged to honor Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns for her significant contribution to the Alzheimer’s community.

A former Sr. Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Universal Pictures, Elizabeth Gelfand left her post in April, 2004, to manage The Judy Fund alongside her father, Marshall M Gelfand. As Chair of The Judy Fund, Elizabeth works to ignite public awareness and involvement in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. To date, The Judy Fund, created in memory of Elizabeth’s mother, Judy Gelfand, has raised and granted close to $7 million to support Alzheimer’s research and public policy initiatives in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. The Judy Fund is the largest and fastest growing private fund in the history of the Alzheimer’s Association. Elizabeth is a former member of the national Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, the leading non-profit organization in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

Elizabeth is the founder of elizabeth films, llc, and Co-Producer of the film Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova’s New York Times bestselling novel, starring Academy Award-winner Julianne Moore, who plays Alice Howland, a 50-year old linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Still Alice remains one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2014, providing a meaningful platform to engage the public around the globe in the fight to wipe out Alzheimer’s disease. Elizabeth partnered on Still Alice with Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist Executive Producer, Maria Shriver, an Alzheimer’s advocate and activist who has raised awareness for millions worldwide.

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