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Cynthia Lewin Named AARP Executive Vice President, General Counsel


June 16, 2010

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Cynthia Lewin Named AARP Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Washington, D.C. — AARP today announced it has appointed Cynthia “Cindy” Lewin—a seasoned lawyer with experience in the nonprofit sector, on Capitol Hill and with large and diverse affiliate organizations—as executive vice president and general counsel. Lewin’s tenure began June 14. She succeeds Joan Wise, who served AARP for 23 years and announced her retirement in late 2009.

“We are so pleased to welcome Cindy to the AARP family. Her breadth of experience and in-depth knowledge of the key issues that affect AARP and its members will serve us well as we continue advancing our mission to ensure everyone over 50 ages with dignity and purpose,” said AARP CEO Barry Rand. “As Joan Wise embarks on her next great adventure, we want to wish her well and thank her for 23 years of devoted service to AARP.”

Lewin joins AARP from the National Wildlife Federation, the nation’s largest conservation and education organization, which encourages action on global warming and other key environmental issues. At NWF she served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. During her tenure, Lewin was named to the Federation’s “Innovation Dream Team” to create new entrepreneurial ideas for the organization. She also managed the information technology, human resources and office services teams.

Previously, Lewin served as executive vice president and general counsel at Volunteers of America, where she built the organization’s legal department to serve 250 subsidiary corporations.

Lewin also was an associate at the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Arnold & Porter, where she focused on tax-exempt organizations. She was a partner at Lichtman, Trister, Singer & Ross, with specialty practices in nonprofit organizations and intellectual property, and worked as an economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis and as chief legislative assistant to Rep. Tom Loeffler (R-TX). She also served as a law clerk to federal district court judge in Los Angeles.

Lewin earned her B.A. in English and economics from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

About AARP

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 35.7 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, 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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