Joseph Prevratil, JD, Archstone Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FOCUS AREAS: Aging population in California

CONTACT: (562) 590-8655, jprevratil@archstone.org

PROFILE: Joseph Prevratil, J.D., is the president and CEO of the Archstone Foundation. Under his leadership, the foundation shifted its grantmaking to elder issues and senior care in California.

Prevratil’s California State University Long Beach Panel of Experts bio shares:

Dr. Joseph F. Prevratil, President and CEO of the Archstone Foundation, has been a board member since 1987 and chief executive since 1995.  He was instrumental in moving Archstone Foundation from grants in general health to focusing on aging with a current emphasis in the following areas: elder abuse prevention, fall prevention, end-of-life issues, and responsive grantmaking to address emerging needs within society’s aging population.

Dr. Prevratil has been an active member of Grantmakers in Aging.  He served on the board of directors during 1998 – 2004 and held the position of president from October 2002 to October 2004.  Additionally, he has been actively involved with several annual conferences for Grantmakers in Aging.  In 1998, he served as the Co-Chair for the Program Planning Committee and in 2002 he was the conference chair.

Dr. Prevratil was a group vice president with Six Flags, Inc., (1970-1975) and president of his own turnaround consulting firm (1975-1982) before taking the reins as president of Wrather Port Properties, Ltd. (1982-1988).  At Wrather, he was responsible for turning the Queen Mary/Spruce Goose hotel and entertainment complex into a successful operation and assisting in the sale of the assets of Wrather Port Properties, Ltd., to the Walt Disney Company.

In May 1988, Dr. Prevratil was appointed chief executive officer of the Port of Long Beach, where he negotiated major trade contracts throughout the Pacific Rim.  He then moved on to a four year contract as project manager for the successful $100 million expansion of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.  He returned to the Queen Mary in 1993 as president and CEO.  He retired as President and CEO of the Queen Mary in July 2006.

Dr. Prevratil holds a BA degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles and a JD degree from Southwestern University School of Law.  He has served as chairman of the board of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Long Beach Associates.  From 1990-1997, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the $2 billion HMO-FHP International Corporation. Mr. Prevratil is the recipient of numerous civic, community and service awards including the Forum for Corporate Directors Award in 1989, the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award, the American Lung Association Humanitarian Award, the 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, in 2000 the Humanitarian Award from NCCJ, and in 2004 from APHA the Philip G. Weiler Award for Leadership in Aging and Public Health.

Dr. Prevratil and his wife, Joan, have four children and nine grandchildren.

You can learn more about his background and perspective in the Caring.com interview, Archstone Foundation: Joseph F. Prevratil - Funding Innovative Programs to Help Our Aging Society.