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AARP’s General Counsel on Leading the Workforce Through a Pandemic

Executive Vice President David Morales keeps staff and volunteers on mission, fighting for people to age with dignity​​

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What is your role at AARP?​

My job is to see the big picture — connecting the dots internally — so that every action taken on behalf of AARP is consistent with the crucial social mission and business goals of the organization.​

​What are you trying to achieve with your work at AARP?​

While providing a wide range of legal and business services to AARP and its affiliates, the general counsel’s office strives to facilitate the efforts of staff and volunteers in fulfilling AARP’s mission. ​

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​What makes you excited about aging in America?​

I know AARP will continue to fight for my right to choose how I live as I age.​

Lightning Round​

​Currently on my nightstand: Octavio Paz and Gustave Le Bon​

If I could go anywhere, I’d: Be in Paris with my wife, Manar​

People who most inspire me: My parents and father-in-law​

You really should watch: The Longhorn Network​

My secret passion is: Skeet shooting and Peloton (not together!)​

​What makes you angry about aging in America?​

Prescription drug prices. Americans, in particular older Americans, pay the highest prices in the world for the medicines they need.​

​What are the most challenging battles your team encounters?​

Right now it’s making sure everyone on the team feels engaged, included and acknowledged as we continue a prolonged period of working outside the office. It’s obviously easier to do this in person, but we’re finding creative ways to connect and express our gratitude. ​

​Describe a recent victory by your team.​

During the pandemic our department assumed the role of strategic partner, legal adviser and, in some cases, a sanity checkpoint. All in all, the opportunity to help successfully lead AARP through this unbelievably crazy time is a professional and personal feat that our department will never forget.​

​What should more people know about AARP?​

How many companies have been recognized by Fast Company as one of the best workplaces for innovators and have received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award? Not many. We’re fighting for people to age with dignity, and we’re doing it with innovation and quality. ​

​What is your most important goal?​

During the pandemic my goal is to ensure my three boys (Jacob, Joseph and James) appreciate the power of giving and empathy.