Louis (Rusty) Toler is an independent consultant focusing on aging, disability, and communications issues.
In 2012, he was named a Senior Fellow at the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) where he represents WISER on the Leadership Council on Aging Organizations (LCAO) Community Services and Income Security Committees. In 2021, he was selected to serve as a member of the Task Force on Older Workers, convened by the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Most recently, he was project manager of the Opting for Independence Case Study Projects: “Stairmasters and Stairlifts,” December 2011, and “Resiliency in Older Adults,” June 2013. Conducted as part of the Administration on Aging’s Community Innovations for Aging in Place program grant, these studies consisted of interviews with 60 older adults in Howard County about their “aging in place” expectations and concerns.
His federal career at the Social Security Administration included Director’s Positions in the Office of Communications and Office of Disability. As the founding Director of the Office of Communications Measurement and Evaluation, he received the Commissioner’s Citation, the Agency’s highest individual award, for his work with Gallup Organization in developing the Public Understanding Measurement System to measure and track the public’s knowledge of Social Security programs. He also worked at the Veterans Administration in Florida and Washington earlier in his career.
His community service includes three years as the Chair of the Howard County Commission on Aging, Board Member of the Homes for Life Coalition, Vice Chair of the Columbia Association’s Senior Advisory Committee, and Secretary of Common Cause Maryland.
He has completed 45 marathons, including the 100th Boston and the JFK 50 miler and served as Vice President of the Howard County Striders. He’s also a long time devotee of E Street Nation, and Bruce Springsteen is the public figure he most respects and would like to meet.