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Lori Trawinski, PhD, CFP®

Director, Finance and Employment


Age diversity in the workforce, mortgage lending, foreclosures, reverse mortgages, consumer debt, student loans, financial services, securities, and banking


Lori Trawinski joined the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) in 2010 and is responsible for research and analyses of policy issues relating to mortgage lending, foreclosures, reverse mortgages, housing finance reform, consumer debt, financial services, and banking. She is also AARP’s thought leader on age diversity in the workforce.  Dr. Trawinski helps lead and manage PPI’s Financial Security Team. She was also the project director of the Future of Work@50+, a multiyear PPI project examining issues related to employment challenges faced by older Americans. She frequently speaks to the press about financial management, foreclosures, reverse mortgages, and consumer debt issues.

Dr. Trawinski began her career as an economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, where she worked on estimation and analyses of international securities transactions in the balance of payments accounts. A bond market expert, Dr. Trawinski was vice president, director of research at The Bond Market Association and was director of debt market research at Freddie Mac. She has also worked as a consultant on securities-related issues and taught macroeconomics at Northern Virginia Community College. In her spare time, Dr. Trawinski occasionally performs as a professional stand-up comedian.

Dr. Trawinski holds a PhD in economics and finance, an MA in international economics, and a BA in financial management from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. In addition, Dr. Trawinski holds an executive certificate in financial planning from Georgetown University and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. She is currently enrolled in the diversity and inclusion certificate program at the ILR School of Cornell University.


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