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Nancy LeaMond to Lead AARP Government Relations & Advocacy and Outreach & Service Units

March 3, 2008

Drew Nannis, AARP, 202-434-2560,

AARP today announced that Nancy LeaMond has expanded her portfolio as the Executive Vice President of Social Impact, taking on the additional responsibilities of leading the Government Relations & Advocacy and Outreach & Service units. The move underscores AARP’s commitment to creating a more unified approach to advancing the Association’s social impact agenda.

“By expanding Nancy’s role we will accomplish two things: take advantage of her outstanding leadership and management capability; and better integrate our advocacy and social impact work,” said Bill Novelli, Chief Executive Officer of AARP.

LeaMond began her tenure at AARP in 2001 as Director of International Affairs. In her current role as the Group Executive Officer for Social Impact, and as a member of the AARP Executive Team, she leads the strategic planning and execution of AARP’s agenda for health care, financial security, livable communities, and global aging. LeaMond also directs the Divided We Fail initiative.

LeaMond’s career spans an impressive portfolio of professional experiences ranging from Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch, to the non-profit sector. During the Clinton Administration, LeaMond served as the Chief of Staff and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs at the Office of United States Trade Representative, as well as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce. In these capacities she managed successful public affairs and legislative efforts that helped secure passage of major Presidential legislative initiatives, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Uruguay Round (GATT) and China MFN.

LeaMond worked extensively on health care and pension issues even before entering the trade field, beginning her career in the Public Health Service and working in the Medicaid program. She served in the Office of Management and Budget and later on Capitol Hill as chief of staff to Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar, vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus and a ranking member of the House Aging Committee, the Women’s Caucus and the Banking and Finance Committee.

In addition, LeaMond served five years as President of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan forum for education and dialogue with Members of Congress on economic competitiveness and trade issues.

LeaMond holds a Bachelors degree from Smith College and a Masters degree in public policy and urban planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard University School of Design. She is a former trustee of Smith College and a current member of the AARP Financial, Inc Board, and the Dean’s Advisory Leadership Council at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 33 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's 39 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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