As AARP's chief advocacy and engagement officer, Nancy LeaMond has responsibility for driving the organization’s social mission on behalf of Americans 50-plus and their families. She leads government affairs and legislative campaigns for AARP, widely seen as one of the most powerful advocacy organizations. She also manages public education, volunteerism, multicultural outreach and engagement, and she directs major AARP initiatives that include supporting family caregivers through advocacy, education and innovative programs, and expanding AARP’s local footprint in communities across the country. She leads a team of 650 staff members and more than 17,000 volunteers across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
During her tenure at AARP, she has led several landmark campaigns: Take a Stand, which demanded that the 2016 candidates for national office recognize and commit to addressing challenges facing Social Security and Medicare; You’ve Earned a Say, an initiative that engaged more than 10 million Americans in the debate over Social Security and Medicare; a multistate utility campaign that has saved consumers billions of dollars by fighting home energy cost increases; Health Action Now, which ensured that federal health care reform included critical benefits for Americans 50-plus; and Divided We Fail, an initiative with the Business Roundtable, Service Employees International Union and National Federation of Independent Business that successfully put health care and financial security at the top of the country's agenda during the 2008 elections.
She is a nationally recognized leader on health, retirement security and other issues important to older Americans. Her career spans nearly 40 years in the government and nonprofit sectors.
Prior to coming to AARP, she served as the chief of staff and assistant U.S. trade representative for congressional affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). In this role, she oversaw operations and management of the 200-person agency. She coordinated public affairs, private sector outreach, policy development and legislative strategy for the enactment of landmark trade legislation. She successfully managed legislative efforts that helped secure passage of major presidential legislative initiatives, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Uruguay Round (GATT) and China MFN. She worked extensively on health care and pension issues before entering the trade field, beginning her career in the Public Health Service, the Medicaid program and the Department of Commerce. She served in the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Education and later on Capitol Hill as chief of staff to a senior member of Congress in the Democratic leadership.
In addition, for five years she served as president of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan forum for education and dialogue with members of Congress on economic competitiveness and trade issues.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College and a master's degree in public policy and city planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is a former trustee of Smith College, a member of the KB Home National Advisory Board on home and community development, and a member of the board of the International Women's Forum of Washington, D.C. She has been named by The Hill as one of the Top Lobbyists every year since 2011, and in 2016 she received the What’s Next Boomer Business Innovation Award for Vision, Leadership and Integrity.
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