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AARP Board of Directors: Jenkins, a Proven, Visionary Leader Set to Lead AARP as New CEO

Sept. 1, 2014

AARP Media Relations


AARP Board of Directors: Jenkins, a Proven, Visionary Leader Set to Lead AARP as New CEO

En español | Washington, D.C. – AARP Board of Directors Chair Carol Raphael issued the following statement about AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins.

“A proven, visionary leader, Jo Ann Jenkins is set to lead AARP as its new CEO.

“Under Jo Ann’s leadership, AARP is poised to empower people 50 and older to reach their real possibilities and to live their best lives, said AARP Board of Directors Chair Carol Raphael.

“As Chief Operating Officer, Jo Ann has already proven her leadership skills as she has done an outstanding job of enhancing AARP’s organizational performance. We are confident that her extraordinary passion for serving the needs of people 50+ will continue to propel the organization’s mission forward.”

Most recently, Jenkins was executive vice president and chief operating officer of AARP, a role she assumed in March of 2013. In this position she streamlined the organization’s strategic planning, technology and digital operations to enable AARP to devote greater resources to its core mission.   Prior to being named chief operating officer, Jenkins served as President of AARP Foundation. Also, she became a member of AARP Services Board of Directors in 2004 and its chair in 2008, completing her service in May 2010.

Raphael also said about outgoing CEO A. Barry Rand, “We are extremely grateful for Barry’s unparalleled commitment to improving the lives of people 50 and older. Under his dedicated leadership, AARP has grown stronger and even better equipped to meet the needs of the 50+ population.”


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The 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. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at

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