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Joan Ruff

Chair, AARP Board of Directors

Joan Ruff, J.D., (Board Chair) has worked as an executive, human resources consultant and attorney. After more than 10 years as a tax attorney, she joined William M. Mercer Inc., where she consulted on employee benefits and compensation. She then held executive management positions at Zurich Financial Services and H&R Block. Her leadership on numerous nonprofit boards and committees includes service as Secretary/Treasurer of the Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scouts. She also has served on the AARP Foundation Board of Directors and as Chair of the AARP Audit & Finance Committee. She has contributed her expertise to Habitat for Humanity, Kansas City Red Cross, Literacy KC, and Women’s Foundation.

Ruff holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Kansas, an MBA from Rockhurst University, a master of laws/taxation from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. She resides in Mission Woods, Kansas, where she serves on the Mission Woods City Council.