The AARP Livable Communities initative is housed within the Programs department of AARP's division of Community, State and National Affairs. The team members listed below work closely with the staff and volunteers in AARP State offices nationwide as well as with the transportation, housing and livability experts of the AARP Public Policy Institute.
Jean Setzfand, Senior Vice President
As the senior vice president of AARP Programs, Jean Setzfand leads a team that produces interactive educational programming designed to address the health, wealth and personal enrichment concerns of consumers age 50 and older. Additionally, AARP Programs drives towns, counties and cities to be more livable for people of all ages through educational resources and engagement aimed at local leaders, policy makers, planners and citizen activists.
Jean comes to the AARP Livable Communities initiative after several years of leading AARP local engagement work in dozens of municipalities nationwide. In addition to her work at AARP, Jean serves on the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Seniors for the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA).
Prior to joining AARP in 2002, Jean worked as a strategic management consultant serving domestic and international financial services institutions. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.
Danielle Arigoni, Director
Danielle Arigoni is the director of the AARP Livable Communities initiative. She works to support AARP’s 53 state offices — including Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and the more than 500 localities and several states enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities — to create great places for all people of all ages.
Danielle leads the team responsible for supporting AARP age-friendly network members; developing free practitioner-focused publications on topics ranging from accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to placemaking to rural livability; and delivering direct technical assistance to nearly 100 communities each year. Her team also publishes a free weekly newsletter on livable communities-related issues, reaching more than 100,000 local leaders nationwide.
Danielle is an urban planner by education and has more than 20 years of professional experience contributing to more sustainable and resilient federal, state and local policy, including prior leadership positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She also serves as a board member for the League of American Bicyclists. Danielle holds a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in planning from the University of Oregon.
Bill Armbruster, Senior Advisor
Bill Armbruster manages the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, which is a program within AARP Livable Communities. He has been with AARP since 2000, joining as an associate state director for AARP New York. In that role he served the upstate and western region of the Empire State and was responsible for the development, implementation and assessment for community outreach programming. That body of work included livable and age-friendly communities initiatives, partner development and grassroots volunteer organizing for a 30-county region both near and far from his Rochester home base.
Since 2016, Bill has been traveling frequently and far to communities, conferences and meetings nationwide as a speaker and facilitator for the AARP Livable Communities initative.
In addition to his work at AARP, Bill has extensive experience in corporate wellness programs, occupational rehabilitation and ergonomics, pain treatment and physical therapy.
Melissa Stanton, Senior Advisor/Editor
Melissa Stanton leads AARP Livable Communities' award-winning communications platforms. She is the editor of AARP.org/Livable (the website you’re on right now), the AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter and the growing collection of print resources and publications that make up the AARP Livable Communities Library.
Prior to joining AARP in 2010, Melissa spent more than a decade at Time Inc., where she began as a reporter, became a senior editor at LIFE and People magazines, and served as the editor-in-chief of various books and special issues. Melissa’s freelance articles have been published by The New York Times, The Atlantic, Glamour and other media outlets. She's also the author of two books (one for kids, the other for moms).
A native New Yorker, Melissa is a graduate of Fordham University, where she earned a bachelor's degree as a history major with a minor in communications, and the City University of New York/Hunter College, from which she earned a master's degree in public health with concentrations in women's health and community health education. Melissa has been active in advocacy efforts related to transportation, land use, health and education. Based out of AARP in Washington, D.C., she lives in a rural Maryland community where she's on the board of the local civic association.
Mike Watson, Senior Advisor
Mike Watson brings more than a decade of advocacy, policy and communications experience to AARP’s livable communities work. As a senior advisor, Mike works closely with AARP state offices, volunteers and key stakeholders to encourage towns, counties and cities to be more livable for people of all ages.
Mike leads AARP’s national mayoral engagement initiative, which works with mayors and local officials to drive greater impact in communities nationwide. As part of this work Mike executes programmatic outreach, major events and strategic partnerships, including with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities and other organizations. Mike also co-leads the AARP Community Challenge grant program.
In addition, Mike provides strategic guidance and technical expertise to communities that are members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. Mike has also co-produced three editions of the AARP series Where We Live: Communities for All Ages, serving as managing editor for the 2018 edition.
Prior to working on livability issues, Mike served as an advisor to AARP's chief advocacy and engagement officer, providing strategic advice and expertise on retirement policy, family caregiving and livable communities. Before joining AARP, Mike served as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill for an advocacy organization focused on issues affecting older adults.
Mike holds a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in legal studies from Wingate University. He earned his master's in public policy (focused on social policy) from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. An avid runner and cyclist, Mike is passionate about creating communities where people of all ages can thrive.
Rebecca Delphia, Advisor
Rebecca Delphia partners with local leaders, policy makers and citizen activists nationwide to make communities more livable for people of all ages. She comes to AARP's livable communities initiative after serving as associate state director for community outreach with AARP Pennsylvania.
Prior to working for AARP, Rebecca held an appointment as the first-ever chief service officer in the Pittsburgh Mayor's Office. In that role, she developed and implemented high-impact, volunteer-fueled initiatives that tackled pressing city needs with a focus on the revitalization of Pittsburgh's 90 neighborhoods.
Rebecca holds both a bachelor's degree and master's of social work degree from New York University's Silver School of Social Work, where she was a scholar in the Catherine B. Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship. Rebecca and her family are proud to call Pittsburgh their home.
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