- TitleCofounder and CEO
- CompanyHome Care Assistance
At 38, Lily Sarafan has spent her career trying to improve the aging process for seniors—and provide the care they will need to stay in their homes. The CEO of San Francisco–based Home Care Assistance now runs one of the country’s largest networks of in-home caregivers for older adults and those with dementia and other degenerative diseases. An Iranian immigrant, Sarafan studied science and engineering at Stanford University and was headed to its law school before she met a couple running a local senior-care business. She joined them as a cofounder of a new enterprise and, 15 years later, now runs a company with almost 10,000 employees. Sarafan is also involved in public health efforts to treat dementia, as a member of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s task force on Alzheimer’s prevention and preparedness.