FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2012
AARP Media Relations
AARP Names Debra Whitman Executive Vice President, Policy
AARP recently announced that Debra Whitman is joining the organization as Executive Vice President, Policy, effective April 16.
“Deb is passionate about aging-related issues and combines this passion with strong policy skills, hands-on team leadership and clear, crisp communications to get things done,” said AARP CEO Barry Rand. “She combines an excellent analytical and financial orientation, a broad policy background and keen political instincts that will serve AARP and people aged 50+ well.”
“Deb has been an effective and highly skilled leader of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, helping advance efforts to strengthen retirement security, protect our most vulnerable elderly and promote transparency in the pharmaceutical industry. Deb’s commitment to aging issues is woven throughout her career, through her work on economic policy, research and legislation. Her knowledge of issues important to America’s senior citizens is both broad and deep, and she has valuable experience to contribute to AARP's mission,” said U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Most recently, Whitman was Staff Director for the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging. She has performed in key staff roles with two U.S. Senators, the U.S. Social Security Administration and the Congressional Research Service.
After graduating Gonzaga University with a degree in economics, Whitman earned a Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University. She has spent her entire career working to advance issues that are relevant to people aged 50+ and in which AARP is consistently engaged. Prior to her most recent position, Whitman was a specialist in the Economics of Aging at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.
While working at the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Whitman served as health policy advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on a broad range of related issues.
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