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The 22-member volunteer Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP and approves all policies, programs, activities, and services for the Association's 37 million members.

OConnor

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Barbara O'Connor

Member, AARP Board of Directors Class of 2016

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.

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John Penn

Member, AARP Board of Directors Class of 2016

Jack Penn, MBA, is chairman and CEO of Intek Plastics Inc.  He divides his time between Scottsdale, Ariz., and Spring Green, Wisc. He serves on the Audit and Finance Committee and the AARP Services Inc. Board of Directors. Previously, he was vice chairman and CEO of Satellite Companies; CEO and president, Centers for Diagnostic Imaging; CEO and president, Benson Optical Co.; president, Arctic Enterprises; and a consultant with Arthur Andersen and Co. His volunteer work includes service as chairman of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. Previously, he was director of the Good Samaritan Society Foundation and president of Cross View Lutheran Church.

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Diane Pratt

Member, AARP Board of Directors Class of 2016

Diane Pratt, M.A., of Washington, D.C., is president and CEO of DP Consultants Inc., a public affairs management firm. She chairs the AARP Nominating Committee and serves on the Member and Social Impact Committee. 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.

Charles Reed

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Charles E. Reed

Member, AARP Board of Directors, Class of 2014

Charley Reed is a long-term care consultant from Olympia, Wash. He serves on the Member and Social Impact Committee, the AARP National Policy Council and the AARP Services Health Products Quality Review Committee. He is a long-term care consultant for his firm, C.E. Reed and Associates. He was previously deputy secretary of Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services and assistant secretary of Washington’s Administration of Aging and Adult Services. He also served as chair of both the National Academy for State Health Policy’s Long-Term Care Committee and the Washington State Home Care Quality Authority.

New board member Joan Ruff

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Joan R. Ruff

Member, AARP Board of Directors, Class of 2018

Joan Ruff, J.D., is an executive, human resources consultant and attorney from Mission Woods, Kan.  She is a member of the Member and Social Impact Committee and the AARP National Policy Council.  Previously, she served as treasurer of the AARP Foundation Board of Directors. After more than 10 years as a tax attorney, she joined William M. Mercer Inc., where she consulted on employee benefits and compensation. She then held executive management positions at Zurich Financial Services and H&R Block. Her leadership on numerous nonprofit boards and committees includes service as chair of the Mid-Continent Girl Scouts’ Human Resources and Capital Campaign committees. She has also contributed expertise to Habitat for Humanity and the Kansas City Red Cross.

New board member Eric Schneidewind

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Eric J. Schneidewind

Member, AARP Board of Directors, Class of 2018

Eric Schneidewind, J.D., is an energy attorney from Grand Rapids, Mich. He serves on the Governance Committee and the AARP National Policy Council. Previously he served as state president of AARP Michigan. A partner in the Varnum LLP law firm, he specializes 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 local homeless shelters.

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Fernando Torres-Gil

Member, AARP Board of Directors Class of 2016

Fernando Torres-Gil, Ph.D., MSW, of Los Angeles, is a professor of social welfare and public policy, and director of the Center for Policy Research at UCLA. He serves on the Member and Social Impact Committee. Previously, he chaired the Ph.D. in gerontology program at the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California, where he remains an adjunct professor. As a public servant, he was assistant secretary for aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and staff director for the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging. He is a former White House Fellow and has received three presidential appointments, most recently to serve on the National Council on Disability.

New board member Ed Watson

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Edward A. Watson

Member, AARP Board of Directors, Class of 2018

Ed Watson is a retired corporate executive from Reno, Nev. He serves on the Audit and Finance Committee and on the AARP Services Inc. Board of Directors. He was with Minneapolis-based International Dairy Queen from 1971 to 2007, rising from district manager to chief operating officer and service on its board of directors. Before his food service career, he served in the U.S. Army. He serves on the board of Best Bath Systems of Coldwell, Idaho. Previous governance experience includes service on the boards of the Children’s Miracle Network and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. His volunteer service includes raising scholarship funds for Nevadans attending the University of Nebraska.

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