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AARP Foundation Board of Directors

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Libby Sartain

AARP Foundation Board Chair

Libby Sartainof Bastrop, Texas, MBA is an independent advisor, working with companies on human resource issues. With more than 40 years of experience in human resources, she is also an author and frequent public speaker, using her HR leadership and management experience at companies in technology, transportation and manufacturing. She led human resources at Yahoo! and at Southwest Airlines during transformative periods. Both companies were among Fortune magazine’s “Best Places to Work” during her tenure. She is Chair of the Board of SHRM Foundation, the former board chair of the Society for Human Resource Management and is on the board of ManpowerGroup. She resides in Texas.

Diane D. Miller

Vice Chair, AARP Foundation Board of Directors

Diane D. Miller, of Sacramento, Calif., is President and CEO of Wilcox Miller & Nelson, a human capital consulting firm located in Sacramento, California.  Prior to joining her firm, Ms. Miller served as Vice President of Portfolio Management for a national real estate investment company, which at that time was the second largest in the nation.

Ms. Miller is a certified public company director through the Director Certification Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, and holds a current Certificate of Director Professionalism, Board Governance Fellow, and Master designations from the National Association of Corporate Directors. Since 2007, she has been facilitating public, private and nonprofit company board evaluation and governance education programs.

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David Adame

Vice Chair, AARP Foundation Board of Directors

David Adame, of Phoenix, Ariz., is President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., one of the nation’s largest Hispanic community development corporations. 

Since Adame was named to the top post in 2015 by unanimous vote of the CPLC Board of Directors, CPLC has experienced significant growth and expansion, impacting more than 378,000 individuals annually in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. 

CPLC, which was established in 1969 to address injustice in Phoenix schools, provides direct services through economic development, education, housing, and health services via its nonprofit and for-profit ventures.

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Judge Patricia Banks

Member, AARP Foundation Board of Directors

Judge Patricia Banks (Retired, Chicago, Ill.) received her Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Judge Banks practiced law for over 20 years before her 1994 election to a judgeship for the Circuit Court of Cook County. She served as a trial judge in the Domestic Relations and Law Divisions prior to her appointment as the founding Presiding Judge of the Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies (ELMR) Division from 2010-2017. The ELMR Division is the only division of its kind in the United States and was established to improve access to justice for the elderly.

Judge Banks has served as a consultant on elder abuse for the National Center for State Courts. She is also a former faculty member of the Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Conference, where she lectured on elder abuse and aging. She has given testimony before the Elder Justice Coordinating Council, and most recently participated in a panel discussion at a congressional briefing on the intergenerational, interdisciplinary issue of advance care planning. She is a former board member for the Center for Conflict Resolution and is a certified mediator with advanced certification in Eldercare Mediation.

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Robert “Bob” Blancato

Member, AARP Foundation Board of Directors

Robert “Bob” Blancato of Alexandria, Va., is president of Matz, Blancato and Associates, a public and government relations firm.  He spent 17 years on the staff of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging and has participated in four White House Conferences on Aging, including as the Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging.  With over 30 years of deep experience in the field of aging and public service, he is executive director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs and the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition. As a volunteer, Bob serves on the Board of the National Hispanic Council on Aging.  From 2016 to 2018, he chaired the American Society on Aging (ASA).  He is a former volunteer State President of AARP Virginia and served six years on the Board of the National Council on Aging.  He is a former president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. 

In 2019, he was appointed by HHS Secretary Alex Azar to the National Advisory Council on Rural Health and Human Services.  Bob was named to the ASA Hall of Fame in 2020. He was knighted by the Republic of Italy in 2011.

Margot James Copeland

Member, AARP Foundation Board of Directors

Margot James Copeland of Cleveland, Ohio is an experienced executive with extensive board and organizational leadership expertise. Since her retirement from KeyBank as Executive Vice President and CEO of the KeyBank Foundation, she now serves on the boards of AARP, The Cleveland Clinic, The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, The Cleveland Foundation and The The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Margot is the 15th National President of The Links, Incorporated and Trustee of the Thomas White and George Codrington Foundations. Smart Business Magazine named her a “Master Innovator” and she has also received the coveted Community Impact Award from American Banker. She’s the mother of three adult children and has one granddaughter. 

Ann G. Daw

Member, AARP Foundation Board of Directors

Ann G. Daw, of Crompond, NY, is currently President of Crepini, LLC, a maker of zero net carb wraps that are low calorie, gluten free and keto and paleo friendly and distributed throughout the U.S. Canada and Japan.  Prior to this position she was President of the not-for-profit Specialty Food Association having held that position since 2006. During her tenure, membership grew by more than 30%, retention exceeded not-for-profit membership norms, and attendance at the two SFA trade shows – in NY and San Francisco - grew exponentially. She established the organization’s first foundation supporting continuing education, research, fighting hunger and food waste, innovation, and outreach, and increased the net assets five-fold. She established strong governance and oversight guidelines while building a culture of accountability and collaboration.

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Gregory J. Dyson 

Member, AARP Foundation Board of Directors

Gregory J. Dyson of Olney, Md., is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), the nation’s leading non-profit promoting a just economy for all through wealth creation, housing opportunities, community development and racial equity. He is a member of NCRC’s Senior Executive Team with oversight of Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Operations and Innovation.

Previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the ANA Enterprise, the family of organizations composed of the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and American Nurses Foundation. ANA represents the interests of the nation’s 4+ million registered nurses.

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Betty J. Hudson

Member, AARP Foundation Board of Directors

Betty J. Hudson of Fort Worth, Texas is President, Hudson & Associates and an award-winning communications industry leader with more than four decades of experience in every aspect of corporate and strategic communications including consumer, employee, financial, and cause-related marketing, as well as brand and communications management. Betty’s career was spent in Fortune 500 companies and media conglomerates, including the National Geographic Society, where she was part of the leadership team that transformed the iconic brand from domestic magazine publisher to the world’s largest science, research and education organization with multiple content platforms and consumer services. Betty has consistently been able to contribute deep knowledge in technology transformation to innovate consumer brands and deliver new products. She continues to support major enterprises as a strategic communications consultant.

Lisa Marsh Ryerson

President & Member, AARP Foundation Board of Directors

Lisa Marsh Ryerson is president of AARP Foundation, a charitable affiliate of AARP. She sets the Foundation’s strategic direction and steers its efforts to realize an audacious vision: a country free of poverty, where no older person feels vulnerable.

During her tenure, AARP Foundation has launched initiatives that include Property Tax-Aide, Work for Yourself@50+, and evidence-based grantmaking. The Foundation also brought Experience Corps under its umbrella and expanded the reach and outcomes of its workforce programs including its longstanding sponsorship of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Ms. Ryerson also helped procure a $5 million grant through UnitedHealth Foundation to support vulnerable older adults experiencing social isolation during the pandemic. In its past three-year strategic plan, AARP Foundation generated over $5 billion in income for older adults through work and jobs, tax refunds and credits, and food security benefits.

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Susan Werth

Member, AARP Foundation Board of Directors

Susan Werth of Miami, Fla., is a career corporate legal executive with extensive experience in hospitality and real estate development and a reputation for collaboration and strategic advocacy. During her twenty years at Starwood Hotels she held a variety of legal and executive roles, the last as SVP & General Counsel for The Americas, Starwood’s largest division with over 650 hotels in 23 countries.

Pre-Starwood, Susan was SVP & General Counsel of Vistana, Inc., a publicly-traded vacation ownership developer and operator acquired by Starwood in 1999. Before joining Vistana, Susan was in private practice as a real estate partner at the Miami office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP specializing in complex real estate, corporate, and securitization transactions.

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