The 10-member volunteer Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP Foundation.
Diane Pratt, M.C.R.P., of Washington, D.C., is president and CEO of DP Consultants Inc., a government and public affairs management firm. She previously served as staff director for the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; special assistant for special projects, D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; economic development specialist, Center for Community Change; and city planner for the Chicago Department of Planning, City and Community Development. She serves on the board of the Henry C. Gregory III Family Life Center Foundation.
Neal E. Cutler, Ph.D., of Wayne, PA, was appointed to the AARP Foundation Board of Directors in 2010. Dr. Cutler serves on the Strategy and Governance Committee for AARP Foundation. Dr. Cutler is Dean of the American Institute of Financial Gerontology (AIFG), a professional educational partnership with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Concurrently, he is Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC) Andrus Gerontology Center specializing in the subfield of financial gerontology. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the TIAA-CREF Institute, and the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
During 2008 to 2012 Dr. Cutler was Executive Director of the Center on Aging of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, in Los Angeles. Previously he was Associate Director of the UNCG Gerontology Program. In Philadelphia for sixteen years, he was Director of the Boettner Center of Financial Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania, and later held the Boettner/Gregg Endowed Chair in Financial Gerontology in the School of Business Administration at Widener University. In California for seventeen years, Dr. Cutler held a joint appointment as Professor of Political Science and Professor of Gerontology at USC, and was Associate Director of the USC Andrus Gerontology Center’s Institute for Advanced Study in Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Kathleen Edmond, J.D., MBA, MSW, of Edina, Minn., was appointed to the AARP Foundation Board of Directors in 2010. She is currently a partner at Robins Kaplan LLP, a national law firm headquartered in Minneapolis, leading the firm’s corporate compliance and business ethics practice. Prior to starting employment with Robins Kaplan LLP, Edmond was the Chief Ethics Officer for a Fortune 100 company from 2004-2014 where she built and subsequently led the company’s Ethics Office. She has also held faculty positions at the William Mitchell College of Law and the University of St. Thomas.
Edmond currently serves as a board member on the Penumbra Theatre board of directors in St. Paul, Minn. Formerly, she served on the board of overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award and as a cabinet member of the AARP Foundation Women's Leadership Circle.
Catherine Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN, of the Bronx, N.Y., is professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is president of the National Black Nurses Foundation. Previously, she was a staff nurse, team leader, supervisor and district manager for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
Jaime P. Gutierrez of Tucson, AZ, was appointed to AARP Foundation’s board of directors in 2012. Mr. Gutierrez serves on the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee for the AARP Foundation Board of Directors. Born and raised in Tucson, Mr. Gutiérrez worked at the University of Arizona for over 20 years in a variety of senior administrative positions including special assistant to the president, assistant and associate vice president for community relations, and interim vice president for external relations.
Mr. Gutierrez for more than seven years worked at the Pima County Juvenile Court Center, starting as a juvenile probation officer in 1971 and ending in 1978 as Deputy Director of Court Services. For 14 years, Mr. Gutierrez was an Arizona State Senator serving in a variety of leadership positions including minority whip and assistant minority leader. During his final two years, he was appointed Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee. In a survey conducted by the Arizona Republic, his peers named him one of the top 10 Arizona state legislators.
Mr. Gutierrez has been involved with many volunteer community and governmental groups. He served as president of the City of Tucson Industrial Development Authority for over 10 years and was appointed by the governor of the State of Arizona to serve on the Arizona State Retirement System Board of Trustees, where he chaired the External Affairs Committee. In 2010, he was appointed to serve as co-chair of the City of Tucson CORE Budget Committee.
Mr. Gutierrez has received numerous awards and recognition from civic organizations for his community involvement and commitment to promoting minority education success including the Victoria Foundation Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education.
Harry E. Johnson, Sr. was appointed to AARP Foundation’s board of directors in 2012. For the past decade, Mr. Johnson has been president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation, charged by the U.S. Congress and the President to raise $100 million in funds for the National Memorial on the Mall in Washington to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy. Mr. Johnson raised $120 million for the Memorial, which opened to the public in the late summer, 2011. Among his awards and honors, the Trumpet Foundation in Atlanta awarded Mr. Johnson its President’s Award in 2011. He was chairman of the Houston African American Museum board from 2006 – 2009 and named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine for four years in a row.
A career lawyer, Mr. Johnson now serves as the President/CEO of The Memorial Foundation (a foundation established to carry out the four tenets of Democracy, Justice, Hope and Love for the MLK Memorial. He has served as the national president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, overseeing more than 700 chapters in the U.S. and abroad. Earlier, Mr. Johnson was City Attorney of Kendelton, Texas, an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University’s School of Public Affairs, and an attorney with Carver, Henry and Associates in Houston. He received his J.D. from Texas Southern University in 1986, a post baccalaureate in public administration from St. Louis University in 1982, and a B.A. in political science from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1977.
Lloyd Johnson, MBA, of Charlotte, N.C., is managing director and global chief audit executive with Accenture. He has more than 25 years’ experience in auditing, finance, accounting, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and risk management with large corporations. Prior to Accenture, his career experience includes senior finance positions with automobile electronics and components maker Delphi, Emerson Electric and Sara Lee Corporation. He began his career as an accountant at Coopers & Lybrand, CPA's. He serves on the volunteer board at the United Way of Central Carolinas, where he chairs the audit committee and sits on the finance and executive committees. He also serves as a member of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Board of Trustees, where he chairs the governance committee and sits on the executive committee.
Barbara O'Connor, Ph.D., is a communications professor from Sacramento, Calif. She is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the AARP Foundation Board of Directors. She is an emeritus professor of communications and emeritus director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at California State University, and director and secretary of the California Emerging Technology Fund. Previously, she was assistant director of debate at the University of Southern California and a summer debate instructor at Georgetown University. She has served as chair and founding board member of the Alliance for Public Technology, chair of the California Public Broadcasting Commission and was a founder of the Capital Public Radio network.
Sandra Ulsh, MBA, of Novi, MI, was appointed to the AARP Foundation Board of Directors in 2010. Ms. Ulsh chairs the Finance Committee and serves on the Audit Committee for AARP Foundation. As the Finance Chair of the AARP Foundation, Ms. Ulsh. She is currently President of Ulsh & Associates consulting for both not-for-profit and for-profit companies. Previously, Ms. Ulsh served as Director of Public Policy and Interim Executive Director of the Responsible Information Management Council for the Ponemon Institute. In 2007, Ms. Ulsh retired from the Ford Motor Company where she served in multiple positions in Finance and Corporate Affairs. For six years, she served as President of the Ford Motor Company Fund which is Ford Motor Company’s corporate philanthropy program. Sandra also served as Executive Director, Global Public Policy Office at Ford.
Ms. Ulsh has served as a member of the Board of Trustees or National Advisory Boards for various not-for profit organizations including American’s Promise, Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Connect: Michigan, Council of Michigan Foundations, Dennis W. Archer Foundation, Gettysburg Foundation, and Henry Ford Learning Institute.