Meredith Rucker Hunter manages the AARP Public Policy Institute’s nursing team communications and outreach efforts for both the Center to Champion Nursing in America and the AARP team contributing to the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Prior to joining AARP, she spent 9 years in the public relations agency world, where she led multifaceted communications and outreach projects for large foundations, nonprofits, associations, and advocacy organizations reaching out to consumers, providers, funders, and policy makers.
Throughout her career, Ms. Hunter has focused on health and health care issues, including quality long-term care, end-of-life care, chronic conditions, mental health, the nursing workforce, and reproductive health. She is particularly proud of her contributions to Last Acts, a national public education campaign to improve the care Americans receive at the end of their lives. This work laid the foundation for her understanding of the tough health care issues facing people and families, and helped her build partnerships with the consumer, quality, and provider stakeholders critical to health care reform. She received a Master of Science in justice, law, and society from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in government and politics from George Mason University.