For Immediate Release
June 21, 2011
AARP Appoints Two Seasoned Political Strategists to State and National Group
John Hishta and Joyce Rogers join the organization to lead advocacy and governmental affairs efforts
WASHINGTON, DC – AARP today announced that it has appointed two veteran political strategists to join its State and National Group, which leads the organization’s advocacy and government affairs work.
Campaign veteran John Hishta joins the organization as Senior Vice President for Campaigns. Legislative and regulatory expert Joyce Rogers joins as Senior Vice President for Government Affairs. Together, they will lead AARP’s advocacy efforts on the national, state, and local levels.
“We are very pleased to announce that John and Joyce have joined our team,” said Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President of AARP’s State and National Group. “The wealth of experience they bring to AARP bolsters our ability to fight to ensure that AARP members across the country and everyone over 50 are able to live with dignity and purpose. As we prepare to tackle some tough issues in the months ahead, John and Joyce are the exact people we want on our team.”
As lead for campaigns, Hishta will spearhead AARP’s advocacy campaign efforts, including grassroots, mobilization and fundraising campaigns. A nationally recognized political consultant and strategist, he has spent more than two decades advising a variety of candidates, elected officials, national committees and business groups. Hishta most recently served as a partner in media consulting firm SRCP Media. He also served as managing director in the Washington, D.C., office of Mercury Public Affairs and as executive vice president of legislative affairs for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.
Hishta began his career managing congressional campaigns and has served as chief of staff to two members of Congress, most recently with former Congressman Tom Davis of Virginia. He also served as chief of staff to the chairman of the Fairfax County, Virginia Board of Supervisors, and managed the last competitive re-election of former Senator John Warner of Virginia in 1996. Additionally, he served as executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2001–2002 election cycle.
In her role with State and National Group, Rogers will lead AARP’s federal and state legislative and regulatory issues advocacy work. She brings more than 20 years of experience providing legislative and regulatory counsel to both the public and private sectors, recently serving as a principal at Williams & Jensen, a government affairs law firm. There she managed, developed, and implemented bipartisan legislative efforts for Fortune 500 clients, trade associations, nonprofits, and local entities. Before joining Williams & Jenson, Rogers was an associate at Verner, Lipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand.
Rogers began her professional career on Capitol Hill, first working for Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland and later serving as legislative director for Congresswoman Corrine Brown of Florida. For Rep. Brown, Rogers managed the legislative staff as well as serving as an advisor to the Congresswoman on her work on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and House Veterans Affairs Committee.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership 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 35.1 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.org. 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.