Jenkins '80 Named AARP CEO
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of AARP, one of the nation's largest and most powerful nonprofit advocacy groups, has unanimously selected Jo Ann Jenkins (@JoAnn_Jenkins) as its new chief executive officer, to succeed longtime CEO A. Barry Rand on September 1, 2014.
"After an extensive, thoughtful and deliberative national search, the AARP Board unanimously selected Jo Ann Jenkins as our new Chief Executive Officer," said Gail Aldrich, Chair of the AARP Board of Directors. "Jo Ann is a seasoned leader and innovator. She has an obvious passion for AARP and she fully embraces the social mission. Jo Ann is an inspirational leader who proactively engages at all levels of the organization and is comfortable operating in the public eye. She has demonstrated experience working across party lines that, coupled with her broad business experience, are essential to AARP's success at this time. Her in-depth knowledge of AARP, AARP Foundation and ASI (AARP Services, Inc.) provide her with an intimate familiarity with the key business models and operations of AARP."
Jenkins currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of AARP, a role she assumed in March of 2013. In this position she has streamlined the organization's strategic planning, technology and digital operations to enable AARP to devote greater resources to its core mission. She led the development of the new enterprise-wide strategy that includes defining and facilitating operational priorities, as well as maximizing AARP's mission.
"I am grateful for the trust that the AARP Board has given me to lead this amazing organization," said Jenkins. "I truly believe that for every member of our society, age and experience can expand your possibilities in life. I feel a great deal of responsibility for ensuring that AARP is here as a trusted ally for people 50+ and their families and that we protect the most vulnerable among us."
Prior to being named chief operating officer, Jenkins served as President of AARP Foundation, where she developed and oversaw programs that have improved the lives of millions of Americans, fighting hunger, poverty, isolation, and unemployment among older adults and contributing millions of dollars to disaster relief. In her first two years at the Foundation, Jenkins grew its overall donor base by 90 percent.
A native of Mobile, Ala., she earned her Bachelor of Arts from Spring Hill College in 1980. She is a 1998 graduate of the Stanford Executive Program, offered by the university's Graduate School of Business.