Jo Ann C. Jenkins

by Justin Cates
Jo Ann C. Jenkins
Chief Executive Officer

Jo Ann C. Jenkins is the CEO of AARP. In this role, she leads the world’s largest non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization with nearly 38 million members. Since 2014, Jo Ann has transformed AARP into a leader in social change dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we live and age.

Jo Ann began her career at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, moving on to progressively more responsible leadership positions in the Department of Transportation and Department of Agriculture before serving as Chief Operating Officer of the Library of Congress.

In 2019, Jo Ann was named “One of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune, and she received the Baldrige Leadership Award. She is the best-selling author of Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age, released in Chinese (2017) and Korean (2018). She serves on numerous boards, including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, and the Stanford School of Medicine Board of Fellows.

Jo Ann holds a B.S. degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program, and recipient of Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from both Spring Hill College and Washington College.

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