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Former AARP Foundation President
Jo Ann Jenkins

Jo Ann Jenkins President, AARP Foundation

Jo Ann Jenkins is the Chief Executive Officer of AARP.  She also served as president of AARP’s affiliated charity, AARP Foundation from June 2010 to October 2013. As Chief Operating Officer she is responsible for developing an enterprise-wide strategy that includes defining and facilitating operational priorities, as well as maximizing the organization’s mission.  As President of AARP Foundation, she revitalized the Foundation and enhanced its work in assisting more than 5 million older vulnerable, low-income people each year with issues of hunger, inadequate housing, income and isolation.


Jo Ann came to AARP Foundation from the Library of Congress, where she was Chief Operating Officer since 2007, responsible for managing all day-to-day operations, a 4,000-person staff and a $600 million budget.  She developed and directed nine National Book Festivals and the Library of Congress Experience, the largest and most complex program in its 210-year history.


Under her leadership, the Foundation enhanced the effectiveness of its programs and services and increased public awareness of AARP Foundation’s role in spotlighting and addressing the needs of vulnerable Americans age 50 and older. She is currently on the Boards of Directors of Living Cities and the Congressional Hunger Center.  Jo Ann was a delegate and founding fellow to the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program and a 1999 graduate of Leadership America.  She is a Malcolm Baldrige Fellow (2013). Read her past columns below and follow her on Twitter at @JoAnn_Jenkins.


Programs & Services

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Housing Solutions Center

This program offers free HUD-certified counseling and assistance to 50-plus homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure. Go

AARP Tax Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

This program offers free assistance with tax-return preparation. Go

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AARP Benefits QuickLink

See if you qualify for public assistance and you can save money on health care, medication, food, utilities, and more! Go

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AARP Drive to End Hunger

Feeding people today, preventing hunger in the future. Join the fight to end hunger. Do

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We are partnering with workforce services providers to strengthen the bridge between 50+ job candidates and respected employers. Go