How Does Your Brain Score? Take the Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment

AARP Welcomes New Director, State and Intergovernmental Affairs

AARP Hires Elaine M. Ryan, MPA, as Director of State and Intergovernmental Affairs


Contact: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560,

AARP welcomed Elaine Ryan as the Director of State and Intergovernmental Affairs. In this new position, Ryan will manage and provide strategic direction to AARP's State Affairs issue teams, build a more robust engagement strategy for the organization's policy work with The National Governors Association and other important intergovernmental groups, and help strengthen its relationships with the field.

David Sloane, Senior Managing Director, Government Relations & Advocacy noted, "With her breadth of contacts and experience, Elaine will bring a much more strategic focus to our work with intergovernmental organizations." Bringing her expertise and experience, Ryan will improve AARP's provision of technical assistance and strategic advice to state offices as they work to advance their health and financial security and livable communities' priorities.

Prior to joining AARP, Ryan served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter. She also held senior management positions with former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and served as an ombudsman in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of New York.

Following these roles, Ryan was brought on as the Deputy Executive Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). Since taking on this role in 1993, Ryan has been dedicated to developing, promoting and implementing human service policies to improve the health and well-being of families, children and adults. She has been involved in passing a number of landmark federal laws, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Ticket to Work Act and the Medicare Modernization Act.

Through her prior experience in providing training, technical assistance and professional development to state human service agencies, Ryan has worked closely with Medicaid directors and other human service administrators throughout the country.


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, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50 + educators; 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.

Search Press Center


If you are an AARP member and not with the press, call 1-888-OUR-AARP or email


For media inquiries, please contact the AARP Media Relations Office at (202) 434-2560 or


Facebook: AARP Media Relations

Twitter: @aarpmedia

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.


Member Benefits AT&T Wireless Cell Phone

Members save 10% on the monthly service charge of qualified AT&T wireless plans.

Member Benefit AARP Regal 2

Members pay $9.50 for Regal ePremiere Tickets purchased online.

Walgreens 1 discount membership aarp

Members earn points on select Walgreens-brand health and wellness products.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.