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. Nancy leads government affairs and legislative campaigns for AARP, widely seen as one of the most powerful advocacy organizations in the country. She also manages public education programs, community engagement, and AARP’s network of 18,000 volunteers. Nancy’s team includes 700 staff members across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Nancy has led several landmark advocacy campaigns for AARP including the most recent Fair Drug Prices Now campaign, successfully advancing legislation that will deliver significant – potentially life-changing – savings to millions of Americans who today are struggling to pay for their medication. Furthermore, AARP’s 2022 Our Voices voter education campaign helped ensure that America’s older voters continued to maximize their influence this year as they have for decades. Other campaigns have protected Medicare and maintained important consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act, demanded that candidates for national office commit to addressing challenges facing Social Security and Medicare, fought major home energy cost increases, and put health care and financial security at the top of the country's agenda.
Nancy has been named by The Hill as one of the “Top Lobbyists” every year since 2011. This year Nancy was recognized as one of the Washingtonian’s most influential people for her advocacy on public healthcare issues and named by the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics as one its 2022 Top Lobbyists. In 2020, she received the first ever Lifetime Achievement award from the Women in Government Relations. The National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics also named Nancy one of its 2020 Top Lobbyists. In 2016, she received the What’s Next Boomer Business Innovation Award for Vision, Leadership and Integrity, and she was named one of Next Avenue’s 2017 Influencers in Aging.
Nancy is a nationally recognized leader on health, retirement security and other issues important to older Americans. Prior to coming to AARP, Nancy served as the chief of staff and assistant U.S. trade representative for congressional affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. 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 also served in the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Education, and on Capitol Hill as chief of staff to a senior member of Congress. Nancy 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.
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