AARP Foundation

Emily Allen | SVP, AARP Foundation Programs

 

Emily Allen is senior vice president of programs with AARP Foundation. Throughout her career, Ms. Allen’s primary passion has been serving the needs of those most at risk in our communities. Currently, she is responsible for the development of strategies and interventions to ensure that low-income older adults increase their economic stability by obtaining quality jobs in their communities and by increasing their access to appropriate and affordable financial products and services.

Mary Ellen Signorille | Senior Attorney, Financial

 

Mary Ellen Signorille is a senior attorney with AARP Foundation. She has prepared numerous amicus curiae briefs on employee benefits issues on behalf of AARP and its members in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as federal and state courts. She provides substantive and technical guidance to individuals, employers and attorneys on complex issues arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code. Ms. Signorille also advises AARP’s state offices concerning state insurance, pension and retiree health issues.

Dan Kohrman | Senior Attorney, Age Discrimination & Disability

 

Dan Kohrman is a senior attorney with AARP Foundation. Mr. Kohrman represents older workers in class action and individual litigation in trial courts, and AARP itself in amicus briefs in appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Most of his cases involve claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He also has filed many briefs for AARP challenging state voter ID laws.

Laurie McCann | Senior Attorney, Age Discrimination

 

Laurie McCann is a senior attorney with AARP Foundation. Her principal responsibilities include litigation and amicus curiae participation for AARP on a broad range of age discrimination and other employment issues. Ms. McCann has prepared numerous amicus curiae briefs on behalf of AARP in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state courts.

Lisa Marsh Reyerson | EVP, AARP Foundation President

Lisa Marsh Ryerson is the president of AARP Foundation. She is an experienced and innovative leader who sets the Foundation’s strategic direction and leads its efforts to create opportunities for older Americans struggling with poverty and the related issues of hunger, unemployment, inadequate housing and social isolation. Ms. Ryerson has elevated the Foundation’s visibility through innovative collaborations with other organizations. Under her leadership, AARP Foundation has secured unprecedented funding to help provide programs and services that truly change lives.

Bill Rivera | Senior VP, AARP Foundation Litigation

William (Bill) Alvarado Rivera is senior vice president for litigation at AARP Foundation, where he leads and provides strategic direction for the Foundation’s legal advocacy work. Mr. Rivera manages a team of litigators who advocate nationwide for the rights of people age 50 and older, addressing diverse legal issues that affect their daily lives and ensuring that they have a voice in the judicial system. The team litigates and files amicus briefs in cases involving employment discrimination, employee benefits, housing, consumer issues (including financial fraud and utility issues), health and long-term care, and public benefits.

Dara Smith | Attorney, Age Discrimination

 

Dara Smith is a staff attorney at AARP Foundation on the employment discrimination team and an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at George Washington University Law School. She previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, first as an attorney advisor for an administrative law judge who adjudicated cases involving immigration-related unfair employment practices, and later as a trial attorney at the Civil Division at the Office of Immigration Litigation and the Appellate Staff section, serving as lead counsel in federal cases in the Courts of Appeals.

AARP State Offices

Sarah Mysiewicz Gill | Senior Legislative Representative, State Advocacy, Financial

Sarah is a Senior Legislative Representative with AARP’s government affairs department. She served on Maryland's legislative task force on retirement security, was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley to serve on the Task Force to Ensure Retirement Security for All Marylanders. Sarah is an expert in public and private sector retirement security, budgets, taxes, and legislative processes. To wit, she has been interviewed on her work by many news outlets, including MSNBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Forbes, Washington Post, Reuters, and USA Today. She provided the keynote address in 2015 for the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators.

Elaine Ryan | VP, State Advocacy

Elaine Ryan is the Vice President of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) in AARP's Government Affairs group. She leads a team of dedicated legislative staff who work with AARP state offices to advance advocacy with Governors and state legislators, helping people 50+ attain and maintain their long-term financial security and health.

Caregiving and Long Term Care

Amy Goyer | Caregiving

 

Amy Goyer, AARP’s Family and Caregiving expert and author of "Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving” is a nationally known expert on aging and families, specializing in family caregiving, grandparenting and multigenerational issues. She has spent more than 30 years advocating for and serving older adults and families. A recognized media authority, she has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, CBS This Morning and numerous other broadcast and print media outlets. She has been a caregiver her entire adult life, and is currently caring for her Dad, Robert, who lives with her. He is 92 and has Alzheimer's disease.

Robert (Bob) Stephen | VP, Health Security Programming -- Caregiving

Bob Stephen is AARP’s Vice President, Caregiving and Health Programs and serves as AARP’s Lead for Caregiving. He leads the strategy and execution of AARP’s enterprise-wide efforts to help 50 plus Americans live independently at home while supporting family caregivers, and manages community program development related to health and caregiving. Prior to joining AARP, Bob spent over two decades in strategy development and management consulting where he worked with rural communities and healthcare organizations to develop and implement community health strategies. B.A., University of Iowa; MBA, Strategy and Finance, University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business.

Tony Taguba | Caregiving (AAPI, Veterans)

 

Major General Antonio “Tony” Taguba (retired) serves as a Community Ambassador for AARP to advocate for caregivers and their families based on his experiences caring for his parents. General Taguba is the second Philippine-born U.S. citizen to be promoted to the officer rank of General in the U.S. Army. He retired in January 1, 2007 having served 34 years on active duty as a decorated officer with the rank of Major General and an advocate for breaking down racial and ethnic barriers in the military. General Taguba is chairman of Pan-Pacific American Leaders and Mentors (PPALM), a national, all-volunteer, non-profit organization committed to mentoring and professional development of military and civilian leaders of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent.

Disrupt Aging

Kevin Donnellan | EVP & Chief of Staff, AARP

Kevin J. Donnellan is executive vice president and chief of staff for AARP. He provides the link between the CEO and AARP's Executive and Leadership Teams, working to implement enterprise strategies, solve problems and deal with sensitive issues before they are brought to the chief executive. Prior to becoming chief of staff, Kevin served eight years as AARP's chief communications officer (CCO). Under his leadership, AARP has become a 21st-century media conglomerate, exploding the myth that Americans 50-plus are not wired into new communications channels. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, he was named to Influence 100 — the world's 100 most influential corporate communicators—by the Holmes Report.

Jo Ann Jenkins | Chief Executive Officer, AARP

Jo Ann Jenkins is a nationally recognized leader and dynamic change agent with a 25-year track record of growth and innovation at some of the nation’s largest public and nonprofit organizations. As CEO of AARP, she is at the helm of the world’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization, where she leads a nationwide network of staff, volunteers and partners helping the more than 100 million Americans 50 and older achieve health security, financial resilience and personal fulfillment.

Kamili Wilson | VP, Disrupt Aging

 

Kamili Wilson, AARP’s Vice President for Enterprise Initiatives, is a seasoned communication executive with 20+ years of experience designing and implementing highly effective awareness campaigns and initiatives for Fortune 50 companies and leading non-profit organizations. In this role, Wilson serves as AARP’s strategic lead for ‘Disrupt Aging’ – an initiative designed to fight ageism and change the paradigm on culture and aging in America. In her previous role as Vice President, Isolation Impact Strategies at the AARP Foundation, Wilson led the development and implementation of strategies to mitigate the poor health outcomes tied to social isolation among older adults.

Financial Security and Retirement

David Certner | Legislative Counsel, Multiple financial, Congressional, health care issues

 

David Certner is the Legislative Counsel and Legislative Policy Director for Government Affairs at AARP, serving as counsel for the Association's legislative, regulatory, and policy efforts at the federal and state level, as well as for litigation opportunities before the courts. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Certner had served as Director of AARP’s 25 person Federal Affairs shop, where he headed up all federal legislative and regulatory activity. In both roles, Mr. Certner has testified numerous times before both Congress and regulatory bodies, and has made frequent appearances on TV, on radio, as well as in print publications.

Cristina Martin-Firvida | Director, Financial Security - Workplace savings, retirement, other financial issues

Cristina Martin-Firvida is the AARP Government Affairs Director of Financial Security and Consumer Affairs. She manages AARP’s federal lobbying on Social Security, pensions, retirement savings, financial services and other aspects of retirement financial security, as well as the federal budget, taxes, employment, telecommunications and transportation. Prior to joining AARP, Cristina was with the National Women’s Law Center, a leading research and advocacy organization for women’s economic independence. Cristina earned a B.A. in philosophy with honors from Yale University anda Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School.

Coralette Hannon | Senior Legislative Representative (expert on telecommunications issues)

 

Coralette Hannon is an AARP senior government affairs staff member with 15+ years of experience. She coordinates and manages state public policy advocacy efforts in the areas of telecommunications, housing, transportation, and foreclosure prevention. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Juris Doctor Degree from Howard University School. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar Association.

Kerry Hannon | Workforce Consultant, AARP author

Kerry Hannon is AARP’s Jobs Expert and Great Jobs columnist. She is a nationally recognized expert on career transitions, personal finance and retirement. Kerry is currently a columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times. Kerry is also a contributing editor and Second Verse columnist at Forbes, and the PBS NextAvenue.org expert and columnist on personal finance and careers. Kerry is the author of 10 books, including Getting the Job You Want After 50 and the national bestseller Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy . . . And Pays the Bills.

Gary Koenig | SVP – Public Policy Institute - a host of financial and other economic issues

Gary Koenig is Vice President of Financial Security in the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI), where he leads a team of policy experts working on economic, finance, and consumer issues important to the population age 50+. He has been working on financial security issues for more than 20 years, and is a recognized expert on Social Security, retirement savings, and the economic well-being of older Americans. Gary also leads the development of the enterprise’s strategy on savings and financial planning whose purpose is to help the 50+ and their families create the financial futures they want.

Nancy LeaMond | EVP - host of economic and health-related national and state issues

Nancy LeaMond is AARP’s Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, leading AARP’s Community, State & National Affairs group with responsibility for government affairs and legislative campaigns. She also manages AARP’s public education work, community engagement initiatives, volunteer corps, and multicultural outreach and engagement efforts. She is a nationally recognized leader on health, retirement security and other issues important to older Americans. Her career spans 35 years in the government and nonprofit sectors, including roles as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs and President of Congressional Economic Leadership Institute. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree in city planning from Harvard University.

Jean Setzfand | SVP, Programs Personal Finance, Retirement, Workforce

Jean Setzfand is a recognized leader on social issues related to retirement security, 50+ work and jobs and livable communities. As Senior Vice President of AARP Programs, she produces interactive educational programming focused on Health, Wealth and Personal Enrichment concerns of 50+ consumers and also provides local leaders and citizen activists educational resources to promulgates great towns, counties and cities for all ages across the US. Through educational programming AARP empowers millions of Americans to live their best lives

Lori Trawinski | Public Policy Institute - Debt, Mortgage, Personal Finance Issues

Lori Trawinski, Ph.D., CFP(R), an economist, bond market expert, and financial planner with over 25 years of experience, is frequently quoted in the national press about mortgage, student loan, and credit card debt, financial issues, workplace issues, and women's retirement security. Dr. Trawinski is director of banking and finance in AARP's Public Policy Institute where she was project director of PPI's Future of Work@50+ Initiative that examined employment issues and policy solutions to the challenges faced by older Americans. Dr. Trawinski is also AARP's thought leader on age diversity in the workforce.

Debra Whitman | EVP, Policy Research and International Workforce, Retirement, Personal Finance

As AARP’s chief public policy officer, Debra Whitman leads policy development, analysis, research, and global thought leadership to advance the interests of individuals 50-plus and their families. She oversees AARP’s Public Policy Institute, AARP Research, Office of Policy Development and Integration, Thought Leadership, and AARP International. An economist, she is an authority on aging issues and has extensive experience in national policymaking and domestic and international research. Dr. Whitman holds master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s in economics, math and Italian from Gonzaga University.

David John | Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute

 

David C. John is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute focusing on pension and retirement savings issues. PPI is AARP’s internal think tank. John also serves as the Deputy Director of the Retirement Security Project at the Brookings Institution. RSP focuses on improving retirement savings in the United States, especially among moderate and low income workers. Prior to joining AARP, John was a Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation for 14 ½ years.

Fraud and Scams

Diana Noel | Senior Legislative Representative (legislative expert on elder financial exploitation)

 

Diana Noel is a Senior Legislative Representative for AARP where she assists all 53 state offices on their advocacy efforts with combatting elder abuse, financial exploitation, and improving guardianship, power of attorney laws for their state government affairs division. Prior to joining AARP, Diana served as the Director of the Labor and Economic Development Committee with the National Conference of State Legislatures. She lobbied Congress on behalf of the nation’s state legislators on a host of issues including international trade, disability and employment, and economic development.

Amy Nofziger | Regional Director, AARP Foundation

Amy Nofziger, Regional Director, AARP Foundation, does extensive work with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Amy has been educating older adults about fighting fraud for 14 years. She served a term on the State of Colorado's Elder Abuse Task Force, which resulted in Colorado passing a mandatory Elder Abuse reporting law. Due to her experience and expertise, Amy is frequently sought after for public speaking opportunities and has presented across the country to consumers and professionals on consumer fraud. She has a degree in Sociology and Criminology and a Master of Arts in Leadership.

Doug Shadel, Ph.D. | Senior State Director the lead researcher for AARP’s Fraud Watch Network

 

Doug Shadel, Ph.D., is the lead researcher for AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and he also serves as the state director for AARP Washington. Prior to working at AARP, he was a fraud investigator for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Dr. Shadel is a nationally-recognized expert on financial fraud that targets older persons. He has co-authored numerous studies that profile fraud victims and several books including Outsmarting the Scam Artists and Weapons of Fraud. Dr. Shadel has testified before Congress about the rise of financial fraud in the U.S., testified in criminal trials against foreign lottery scammers and is an advisor to Stanford University’s Financial Fraud Research Center.

Health

Sally Hurme | AARP Health Law Education

 

Sally Hurme is a national expert on consumer fraud and a long-time member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Sally taught elder law for eight years at George Washington University Law School and has written two books to help consumers understand the law. Since joining AARP in 1991, when she worked for Legal Counsel for the Elderly, she’s put her legal background to use in a variety of roles across the organization. Her expertise includes telemarketing fraud, health care fraud, predatory mortgage lending and living trust scams. Sally retired from full time work with AARP in 2015, and continues her consumer advocacy work as a writer and consultant.

Sarah Lock | SVP, Policy and Brain Health

 

Sarah Lock is AARP’s Senior Vice President for Policy working on the major issues facing older Americans. Sarah also serves as the Executive Director of the Global Council on Brain Health, an independent collaborative of experts working on brain health related to human cognition. Ms. Lock came to AARP to conduct health care impact litigation on behalf of older persons and has represented the interest of older Americans in appellate courts nation-wide. Previously, Sarah served as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Leigh Purvis | Director, Health Services Research, Public Policy Institute

Leigh Purvis is the director of health services research in AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI). She leads a team of policy analysts and researchers who work on health care issues that are relevant to the 50-plus population. In addition, Leigh heads the institute’s work on prescription drug issues. Her primary areas of expertise are prescription drug pricing, biologic drugs, and prescription drug coverage. Leigh is a coauthor of PPI’s Rx Price Watch reports, which track price trends for prescription drugs widely used by older Americans. She is a recognized expert on prescription drug issues and frequently speaks with the press.

Lina Walker | VP, Health Security, Public Policy Institute

Lina Walker is Vice President of Health Security in AARP’s Public Policy Institute. She leads the Institute’s research to improve the health and well-being of older people. She has 20 years of experience on health and aging issues, most recently focusing on Medicare payment and delivery system reforms, and health care quality. Dr. Walker has worked in state and federal governments: at the Office of Policy Analysis of the Maryland General Assembly and the Congressional Budget Office. Prior to joining AARP, she was at the Brookings Institution and was research professor at Georgetown University. She has a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.

Health Security

Lynn Feinberg | Sr. Strategic Policy Advisor

Lynn Feinberg is a senior strategic policy advisor with AARP’s Public Policy Institute. Her work focuses on family caregiving and long-term care issues. Prior to coming to AARP in February 2011, she was the first director of the Campaign for Better Care, an initiative of the National Partnership for Women and Families. She has published and lectured widely on family care issues and has served on numerous national advisory committees and expert panels to address caregiving and long-term care. Currently, she is Immediate Past Chair of the American Society on Aging, and a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults.

Lynda Flowers | Sr. Strategic Policy Advisor

Lynda Flowers is a senior policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI). Her work at PPI focuses on Medicaid, dual eligibility, dual-eligible demonstration projects, public health, prevention, health disparities, and health care quality. Before joining AARP, Lynda held senior policy positions with the National Academy for State Health Policy and the Medical Assistance Administration of the Government of the District of Columbia (DC Medicaid). She represents AARP on the US Preventive Services Task Force, the Medicaid Waiver Task Force, the Medicaid Task Force, and the Consumer Advisory Council of the National Committee for Quality Assurance

Keith Lind | Sr. Strategic Policy Advisor

Keith D. Lind, JD, MS, BSN, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, focuses on issues related to Medicare reform, post-acute care, skilled nursing facilities, home health, hospice, rehabilitation therapy, durable medical equipment, chronic care coordination, hospital observation and readmission, appeals, fraud and abuse, comparative effectiveness and medical devices. Before joining AARP, Keith practiced law in the public and private sectors for almost 20 years. In government, he served as Professional Staff to the Senate Finance Committee, Legislative Assistant to a Member of the House Commerce Health Subcommittee, and as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Susan Reinhard | SVP, Public Policy Institute

Susan Reinhard is SVP at AARP’s, directs its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for state, federal and international policy research. She also serves as Chief Strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America. A nationally recognized expert in health care workforce, family caregiving and long-term care, she has extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote policy change. Previously, she served as Co-Director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Health, and faculty at Rutgers University College of Nursing. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD from Rutgers.

Rhonda Richards | Sr. Legislative Representative

Rhonda Richards is a Senior Legislative Representative in Government Affairs at AARP. Rhonda advocates for individuals and their families in Congress and the Administration, focusing on issues including supporting family caregivers, helping people live independently in their homes and communities, Medicaid, home health, residential care, and post-acute care. She successfully advocated for provisions in federal law and regulations, and received the 2010 AARP Lyn Bodiford Award for Excellence in Advocacy. Previously, Rhonda served over eight years on Capitol Hill, including as Staff Director, Subcommittee on Aging, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Rhonda graduated from Bryn Mawr College.

Andrew Scholnick | Sr. Legislative Representative, Federal Health & Family Team

Andrew Scholnick is a Senior Legislative Representative with AARP, as part of the Federal Health and Family team. Andrew represents AARP’s membership of nearly 38 million Americans before members of Congress and the executive branch on Medicare issues, including health care quality, benefit design, and provider reimbursement. His opinion and expertise has been sought out by policymakers and various national and local media outlets. Andrew has more than a decade of experience in health care policy and advocacy for both providers and consumers.

Housing and Livable Communities

Jean Accius | Long-term care, Caregiving (Policy)

 

Jean Accius, Ph.D, is Vice President for Independent Living/Long-Term Services and Supports. Previously, he was the policy integration director for health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) issues in AARP’s Office of Policy Integration. Jean previously served as a senior policy advisor within the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and was recently selected for the Leadership Maryland (class of 2014) program. Jean also serves on the American Society on Aging’s Generations editorial advisory board, and he is a member of the board of directors for the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living. Ph.D., Public Administration, American University; M.S., Aging Studies and B.S. Business Administration, Florida State University.

Shannon Guzman | Livable Communities Research, Livability Index

For almost a decade, Shannon Guzman has worked in the planning and policy fields on issues that impact community life. Through her work as a policy research senior analyst with the AARP Public Policy Institute, she educates community stakeholders about innovative solutions to help their communities become more livable for people of all ages. Her work assists local decision makers in their efforts to enhance the lives of those who want to age in their homes and communities. Shannon’s expertise in planning, livable communities and communications in the development and launch of the Livability Index and Future of Housing initiative greatly contributed to their success.

Rodney Harrell | Livable Communities Housing, Livability Index

Rodney Harrell, Ph.D. leads a group that works on livable communities research, policy analysis, and solutions. Rodney’s research on housing preferences, neighborhood choice, and community livability are integral to the groundbreaking Livability Index, which measures the livability of every community in the U.S. Before joining AARP in 2008, he was a research and evaluation consultant, a researcher and instructor for the University of Maryland, and a Governor’s Fellow in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development/Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Maryland, College Park; Wylie Fellow; MPA/URP, Public Affairs/Urban and Regional Planning, Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; BA, Political Science, Howard University.

Jana Lynott | Livable Communities Transportation, Livability Index

Jana Lynott manages AARP’s transportation research agenda and is responsible for the development of policy related to transportation and other livable communities issues. Her research focuses on human services transportation coordination, accessible street design, the travel patterns of older adults, transit service needs, and older driver safety. Before AARP, Jana was director of transportation planning for the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. She serves on her county transportation commission and on the Transportation Research Board’s Committee for Safe Mobility of Older Persons. BA, Univ. of Iowa; MP, University of Virginia.

Kyle Rakow | Vice President and National Director of AARP Driver Safety

Kyle Rakow is Vice President and National Director of AARP Driver Safety (ADS), which administers the nation’s longest standing and largest refresher driving course. ADS has helped 16,000,000 participants remain safe, confident, and independent on the road since 1979 through leading educational programs. Kyle’s passion for safe driving and the ADS mission extends well into his personal life. In 2009, he founded and continues to serve as President of the Jason Beach Foundation in memory of his best friend who passed away in a fatal car accident. The Foundation raises funds to help children and families in need.

Multicultural Leadership

Yvette Pena | VP, Hispanic and Latino Audience Strategy

Yvette Peña is the Vice President of Hispanic and Latino Audience Strategy and drives the execution of Hispanic/Latino strategy enterprise wide with focus on National and State level support. She is a performance-driven leader with over twenty years of experience overseeing multimillion-dollar integrated marketing plans for Fortune 500 companies. She has repeatedly crafted strategic, multi-channel campaigns to drive product visibility and generate competitive advantage. As the key executive of multicultural and general market initiatives, Yvette has converted untapped market opportunities into new profit streams, leading result-driven high-energy teams.

Daphne Kwok | VP, Multicultural Markets

 

Daphne Kwok VP, Multicultural Markets: In her current position, Daphne is responsible for developing the enterprise’s Asian American & Pacific Islander strategy. She is experienced as a “leader of leaders” in promoting and empowering the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. In July 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to Chair his Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) advising on policies for the AAPI community. Daphne is a 1984 graduate of Wesleyan University in East Asian Studies and Music and is the first Asian American to serve on its Board of Trustees.

James Taylor | VP, African American and Black Audience Strategy

 

James Taylor VP, African American and Black Audience Strategy: Jim Taylor is Vice President of Multicultural Leadership at AARP. In this role, Jim collaborates with AARP colleagues in state offices and other divisions across the enterprise to develop national strategies and partnerships which increase AARP’s impact, relevance, and revenue in African American communities. Prior to joining AARP in January 2016, Jim served as Regional Community Reinvestment Officer and National Director of Community Affairs during his five years at Capital One. Jim earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BA from the University of Virginia.

Edna Kane-Williams | SVP, Multicultural Leadership

Edna Kane-Williams SVP, Multicultural Leadership: Edna Kane-Williams has over 20 years of experience in senior management positions in nonprofit and for profit organizations. Her career has had a particular focus on the needs of older adults and multicultural communities. She serves as Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, at AARP, focusing primarily on outreach to the African American/Black community.

Media & Communications

Myrna Blyth | SVP and Editorial Director

 

Myrna Blyth is the Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of AARP Media, overseeing AARP The Magazine, the largest circulation magazine in the world, the AARP Bulletin, website, book department and AARP Studios. Previously she was Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director of Ladies’ Home Journal for more than twenty years. She was also founding Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director of More Magazine.

Martha Boudreau | EVP and Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

Martha Boudreau is a leader in the Washington, D.C. communications industry, serving as Chief Communications and Marketing Officer for AARP. In this role, Martha is responsible for setting enterprise brand and communications strategy and unifying AARP’s voice throughout its extensive channels, including: social, digital, earned and paid media, along with AARP The Magazine and The AARP Bulletin. Before AARP, she was President of the Mid-Atlantic and Latin America regions for FleishmanHillard, a leading global communications consulting firm. She served on the firm’s global management committee and was a key figure in growing the firm’s presence in the Middle East and its expansion into Latin America.

Sami Hassanyeh | SVP, Digital Strategy and Member Communications

 

Sami Hassanyeh is AARP’s SVP of Digital Strategy and Membership. Sami has over 20 years of technology and marketing experience and demonstrated success in delivering business value on the web, mobile and social media platforms for AARP. He has developed, executed, and led an aggressive digital strategy that has significantly grown unique visitors, advertising revenue, and digital memberships. Sami is a visionary leader and is passionate about the mission of AARP and its goal of helping people 50+ live their best life.

Bob Love | Editor-In-Chief, AARP The Magazine

 

Bob Love is the editor-in-chief of AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine, and its sister publication, AARP Bulletin. Under his leadership The Magazinehas been transformed into a vital, forward-looking publication that delivers news, entertainment and must-read service to a highly engaged 50+ readership that seeks us out in print, digital and mobile platforms. In his work at The Magazine, he has interviewed President Obama, Bill O’Reilly, Bob Dylan, Helen Mirren, Hillary Clinton and other luminaries.

Gabbi Redford | Executive Editor

Gabi Redford is Executive Editor, Health, for AARP Media, where she oversees a team of writers and editors in the production of health content across multiple print and digital platforms, including AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin, and aarp.org. Her work has received numerous awards, including the 2016 MIN awards, 2016 Folio Awards, the 2015 National Health Information Awards, and many others. She has made multiple television appearances on such shows as the Today Show, Good Morning America, the CBS Morning Show, and CNN, and has been interviewed by dozens of radio and print outlets.

Barbara Shipley | SVP Brand Integration

Barbara Shipley is a proven brand and communications expert with an impressive 25 year track record of driving organizational success through integrated strategic communications. As Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy for the iconic AARP brand, she plays a critical leadership role as the chief architect of AARP’s Real Possibilities platform and the enterprise-wide brand strategy. Leading all advertising, social media and nationwide events, Barbara boosts awareness, relevance and brand favorability by communicating the AARP brand story, purpose and values to a broad range of audiences, from members and prospects to corporate, community and non-profit partners.

Technology and Innovation

Terry Bradwell | EVP, Chief Enterprise Strategy and Innovation Officer

Terry Bradwell helps shape AARP’s future through the development of an enterprise strategy and a strong innovation pipeline. He is responsible for strategic planning, corporate relations and an innovation lab that looks at how we can discover new solutions that help our members and people 50+ live their best lives. Terry has over 25 years of domestic and international experience in IT development, delivery and management. As AARP’s chief information officer, he transformed the IT organization from a “cost center” to a “value center,” running IT like a business, stimulating innovation across the enterprise and closing the gap in digital literacy for the 50+.

Jody Holtzman | Senior Vice President, Market Innovation

 

Jody Holtzman created and leads the Market Innovation group, where he has brought a non-traditional perspective to the field of aging shaped by a 20-year career in strategy, innovation, and organizational change. Jody works to find ways for AARP to spark innovation in the market that benefits people over 50. In this role, he envisioned and developed the concept and market category of the $7.6 billion Longevity Economy and created and built the Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch franchise now in its sixth year, which has attracted over 800 startup companies resulting in 55 finalists, half of which raised over $145 million in venture investment.

Anne Marie Kilgallon | Vice President Enterprise Strategy & Innovation

 

Anne Marie Kilgallon is an influential marketing and innovation leader with proven success in developing and launching new products. As Vice President Enterprise Strategy & Innovation at AARP, Anne Marie is responsible for creating a culture of innovation within the organization, and executing enterprise-wide innovative product development and education programs that drive revenue and value for AARP. She has more than 20 years of professional experience as a forward-thinking business and innovation leader adept at creating and translating business vision from concept into customer-centric product, service and business development solutions.

Andy Miller | Senior Vice President Innovation and Product Development

Andy Miller is AARP’s Senior Vice President, Innovation and Product Development, where he is responsible for driving the development of radical, breakthrough and incremental solutions that serve the needs of the 50+. Andy is working to enable the growth of the enterprise and build a new entrepreneurial culture at AARP through the use of human centered design, lean methods, and a dual-operating model. Andy manages all physical and virtual assets of innovation at AARP, including The Hatchery, as well as engaging leaders, business units and other key stakeholders to drive alignment and successful execution around developed solutions.

Travel & Lifestyle

Stephanie Miles | SVP, Travel and Member Benefits

 

Stephanie Miles is the Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing and Member Benefits at AARP with market insights on how people 50-plus spend their leisure time and deep understanding of their interests. She leads a team delivering Member Benefits, digital experiences, extensive marketing and access to products and services for AARP's 38 million members. Before joining AARP in 2005, she was the Director of Finance, Business Development and Planning at Time Life and the Chief Financial Officer at Britches of Georgetowne. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Virginia and an MBA from George Mason University.