Living Out Hires Ernie Shaffer to Lead LGBTQ-Focused Community in Palm Springs, California

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. —Living Out has appointed Ernie Shaffer as president of its new flagship community in Palm Springs, located in the Sonoran Desert and slated to open Spring 2023.

The active adult retirement community is designed to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ residents.

Shaffer has over 30 years of experience in the industry. He served as a board member of The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert, then known as the Golden Rainbow Senior Center.

Shaffer’s experience includes leading numerous teams as director of operations overseeing various types of senior communities, including skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care and independent living for some of the largest operators in the country. He worked closely with developers including the Marriott Senior Living retirement communities in Southern California during their expansion into continuing care. Shaffer most recently served as senior executive director at Segovia Palm Desert.