Nancy LeaMond

Nancy A. LeaMond

Nancy LeaMond is the chief advocacy and engagement officer for AARP, widely seen as one of the most powerful advocacy organizations. Leading its government affairs and legislative campaigns, she has the responsibility of driving the organization’s social mission on behalf of Americans 50-plus and their families. She also manages public education, volunteerism, multicultural outreach and engagement, and she directs major AARP initiatives that include supporting family caregivers through advocacy, education and innovative programs, and expanding AARP’s local footprint in communities across the country.
This year, I’m committed to putting a spotlight on the challenges OLDER WOMEN face when it comes to achieving ECONOMIC SECURITY. The ability to enjoy a secure retirement begins long before a person turns 65 – that’s why it’s a multi-faceted, multigenerational problem. And while women’s outsized…
After a full year of social distancing and other adjustments to how we live our lives, everyone is eager to get back to business as usual. The question is what does that look like?  We’ll probably be wearing masks for a while, and that’s likely not the only thing that will carry over into a…
Once upon a time, we talked about retirement security as a three-legged stool of Social Security, pensions, and personal retirement savings. But, today, with fewer and fewer Americans having employer-sponsored pensions, it’s more like a rickety table supported by four legs. Social Security and…
Last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the Automatic IRA's unveiling. This innovative proposal would make it easier for the 55 million Americans who don't have access to workplace retirement savings plans to set money aside for the future. While political division and gridlock have stalled…
Since 2014, AARP has worked diligently to support Americans of all ages who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. This initiative is even more important during the coronavirus pandemic, which has created new challenges for American families and put a spotlight on issues that…
Nearly one year after the first confirmed coronavirus case on U.S. soil, we have passed 400,000 COVID-19 deaths. And, according to the latest data, this tragic figure includes over 153,000 residents and staff in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. That’s more than one-third of all COVID-19…
Last week, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released the December 2020 jobs report, closing the book on a turbulent year that left millions of American families in severe economic distress.  Unfortunately, the December numbers were headed in the wrong direction, with the economy down 140,000…
A few weeks past Election Day 2020, pollsters and pundits continue to analyze who turned out and which demographic groups determined the outcome. So far, the numbers are telling a very nuanced story. With sky-high turnout on both sides, this was an election largely fought – and won – on the…
Did you know that by 2030, one out of five Americans – about 78 million people – will be age 65 and older? That’s up from about one in eight in 2000. This demographic shift will impact all U.S. states, cities, and communities. In fact, between 2019 and 2024, each of America’s 200 largest cities…
On August 14, 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.  Today, 85 years later, the program is the bedrock of retirement security in America.  And, the economic freefall caused by the coronavirus pandemic puts a spotlight on how crucial Social Security is for both…
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