Eric Schneidewind, J.D., was elected by the AARP Board of Directors to serve as AARP’s President from June 2016 to June 2018. The President’s role is filled by an AARP volunteer who is also a member of the all-volunteer AARP Board of Directors. The primary duty of the President is to act as the principal national volunteer spokesperson, helping to articulate the positions and views of AARP to its members, volunteers and the public. In addition to his duties representing AARP, Eric is a retired partner of Varnum LLP law firm, currently serving as of counsel, specializing in energy law. As a public servant, he was chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission, deputy director of policy and consumer protection for the Michigan Insurance Bureau and attorney for the Michigan State Housing Authority. His volunteer roles include service as state president of AARP Michigan, secretary for the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and more than 20 years of volunteering at homeless shelters. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor. He resides in Lansing, Michigan.