National Office Location:
401 9th St. NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20004
Experience Corps National Office
601 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20049
AARP Experience Corps Senior Leadership
Lester Strong — Vice President & CEO, AARP Experience Corps — has served as a leader in educational entrepreneurship and development. He was the chief development officer for the BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Foundation, which also provides tutoring and mentoring services to underserved children. His efforts doubled the foundation's endowment and propelled expansion from three to five cities: Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, New York and Springfield, Mass. A longtime proponent and practitioner of meditation, he was also CEO of the SYDA Foundation, an educational organization that provides instruction in yoga and meditation in 46 countries. He spent 25 years in the television industry as an executive, producer, reporter and anchor in Charlotte, N.C. (WBTV), Atlanta (WSB), New York (ABC Entertainment) and Boston (WHDH). His work earned him a host of national and regional awards, including five regional Emmy Awards and a White House commendation from President Ronald Reagan. He serves as a member of the board of trustees for both the Noyce Foundation and Editorial Projects in Education (Education Week). He holds a bachelor's degree from Davidson College and is a graduate of the Columbia Business School's Institute for Non-Profit Management.
Barb Quaintance — Managing Director — has a rich history of collaborating with volunteers, running national programs, creating AARP’s service initiative "Create the Good," developing AARP’s field structure and creating AARP’s annual Day of Service. She established AARP's Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, an early model of what ultimately grew into the State Health Insurance Programs (SHIP). She led the effort at AARP to bring Experience Corps into AARP in July 2011. She continues to be AARP’s lead on national service and civic engagement. She is a graduate of University of Southern California and the University of Illinois.
Laura Chambers — Drector, Field Services — has over 20 years of front-line advocacy experience. She served as the deputy executive director of the Global AIDS Alliance, as the chief operating officer for Civic Ventures and as vice president of the Advocacy Institute. She is also a former Peace Corps volunteer, having served in Senegal. She is a graduate from the College of William and Mary and has studied at Harvard University. She is the chair of the WAMU Community Council and vice chair of Impact Silver Spring.
Susan Siegel — Manager, Education & Evaluation — has over 12 years of nonprofit leadership experience and 20 years managing an education consulting service. For 10 years she led the Research, Evaluation and Learning Management team at the national office of Communities In Schools, where she was responsible for promoting knowledge development and training on the CIS model of integrated, school-based student services, internal and external research and evaluation of the model, and quality assurance through a national accreditation system. Most recently, she was the vice president, programs at MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, again responsible for training, research and evaluation, and the design and implementation of an accreditation system for quality mentoring. She holds master’s degrees in instructional design and measurement and evaluation from the University of Pennsylvania.