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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.

Rob Romasco, AARP, President, Volunteer, term, 2 years, 2012, 2013, 2014

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Robert G. Romasco


Robert Romasco, MBA, from Burke, Va., is AARP President. He serves as the association’s principal volunteer spokesman, representing AARP to its members and the public. He is a member of the Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee. He is experienced in strategy, marketing, brand development and organizational change. His professional career includes tenure as senior vice president of customer, distribution and new business development for QVC Inc.; executive vice president and chief marketing officer for CIGNA Inc.; president and chief executive officer, J.C. Penney Insurance; and senior vice president, American Century Investments. He serves on the board of Eastwood Inc. and previously served on the boards of the Eugene Bay Foundation, Trusted ID Inc. and the AARP Andrus Foundation. Read More

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Jeannine English

President-Elect, 2012–14

Jeannine English, CPA, MBA, of Sacramento, Calif., has experience in government integrity, legislative redistricting, campaign finance and political reform. As AARP President-Elect, she chairs the AARP National Policy Council and is a member of both the Compensation Committee and the Audit and Finance Committee. Previously, she was the volunteer president of AARP California. Now retired, she was a founding partner of Lehman English Kelly and O'Keefe; executive director for the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy (the Little Hoover Commission); assistant executive director, California Transportation Commission; and financial auditor, California Departments of Finance and Health Services. She was the campaign committee president for the successful California Redistricting Commission Initiative and co-chair of the California Open Primary Initiative.

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Gail E. Aldrich

Board Chair

Gail Aldrich, SPHR, of northern Nevada, is chair of the AARP Board of Directors.  In this capacity, she chairs both the Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee. Previously, she was chief membership officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), senior vice president and chief administrative officer for the California State Automobile Association, vice president of administration and corporate secretary of the company now known as Exponent and vice president of human resources for the Electric Power Research Institute. She has served on several boards and has chaired the boards of SHRM, Good360 and Lytton Gardens, which assists low-income seniors.

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Carol Raphael

Board Vice Chair

Carol Raphael, MPA, of New York, NY, an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University, serves as AARP Board Vice Chair. She is chair of the Member and Social Impact Committee, and a member of the Compensation Committee and the AARP Services Inc. Board of Directors. Before retiring in 2011 as president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, she served as director at Mount Sinai Medical Center and executive deputy commissioner in charge of New York City’s Medicaid and public assistance programs. She chairs the New York eHealth Collaborative, the Long Term Quality Alliance and the National Quality Forum Workgroup on Post-Acute and Long Term Care.

A James Forbes

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A. James Forbes, Jr.


Jim Forbes, a financial executive residing in New York, is AARP’s Secretary/Treasurer. He chairs the Audit and Finance Committee and also serves on the Compensation Committee. Previously, he was audit chair and treasurer for the AARP Foundation Board of Directors. He has been an interim executive services partner in the not-for-profit practice at Tatum LLC, executive vice chairman for AmeriCares, chief financial and operational controller for Mercedes-Benz N.A., and has led the turnaround of several for-profit corporations. As a volunteer, he served as a founder and chair of the Biomedical Engineering and Alliance Consortium (BEACON) Foundation board and served on the board of the YMCA Vocational Counseling and Testing Service in New York City.

New board member Gretchen Dahlen

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Gretchen M. Dahlen

Member, AARP Board of Directors, Class of 2018

Gretchen Dahlen is a health care executive and consumer advocate from Decorah, Iowa. She serves on the Member and Social Impact Committee and the National Policy Council Nominating Committee. Professionally, she is chief administrative officer for Winneshiek Medical Center. Her career includes positions as executive director of North Woods Community Health Center, president and senior consultant of the Dahlen Company LLC, president and CEO of Meriter Health Enterprises, administrator and chief executive officer of Sanford Hospital and Nursing Home, and assistant administrator of Metropolitan Hospital and Health Centers. She developed and founded, a free public service guide to online ratings of health care cost and quality for consumers.

New board member Ron Daly

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Ronald E. Daly, Sr.

Member, AARP Board of Directors, Class of 2018

Ron Daly is a retired business executive from Olympia Fields, Ill. He serves on the Member and Social Impact Committee and on the AARP Foundation Board of Directors. He spent 38 years at the R.R. Donnelley Company, beginning as a teenaged factory worker and advancing to become president of its largest unit. When he retired, he became president and CEO of Océ-USA Holding, a subsidiary of Océ N.V. He serves on the Loyola University of Chicago board of trustees and the boards of U.S. Cellular, SuperValu and Metropolis Strategies.

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