AARP Executive Vice President

Nancy LeaMond, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, leads government relations, advocacy and public education for AARP's social change agenda. LeaMond also has responsibility for AARP's state operation, which includes offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Running on Empty: Women’s Long Road to Retirement Security

Whenever I chart a course – whether it be for a trip, scheduling my day or planning for the future – I am confident of two things. First, I need a map.  Second, I must have tools on hand to avoid – or manage – pit falls on the way to my destination. But, when it comes to planning and saving for retirement, women experience a lot of obstacles that are nearly impossible to overcome. Imagine heading out for a …

Lifelong Learning: Older Students in College

This blog is a guest post from my Spring 2019 intern, Anshul Agrawal. From a young age, we are taught to follow a very simple path: go to school, complete your degree, land a job, earn and save as much as you can, and then retire comfortably. But do we have to think in such linear terms? I am a full-time college student, but this semester I have also enjoyed interning part-time at AARP. Similarly, the past few decades have …

Leveling the Playing Field for Older Workers

A career in Washington, DC, means a lot of turnover, and so, at the tender age of 50, I was job hunting after leaving the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative towards the end of the Clinton Administration. Freshly polished resume in hand, I recall going through at least three different job interviews where the questioner probed for my age instead of focusing on my qualifications and experience. While I didn’t feel a need to hide how old I was …

Seniors Win Battle over Medicare Part D Doughnut Hole

“Any changes to Medicare should help, not hurt, patients,” say the PhRMA ads. Yet PhRMA’s actions tell a different story. Last February, Congress struck a bipartisan deal to help close the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, known as the ‘doughnut hole,’ a year earlier than expected. In addition, brand name drug companies are now responsible for picking up more of the cost of their products for Medicare beneficiaries who are in the doughnut hole. The provision was part …

AARP Announces 2018 State Capitol Caregivers and Super Savers

In an election year filled with partisanship and political fights, it’s no surprise that many Americans feel that their voices aren’t being heard or that the issues that affect their lives aren’t being addressed. But, many outstanding elected officials work hard every day to make a positive difference for their constituents. That’s why AARP recognizes state legislators, governors, and other elected officials – from both sides of the aisle – who have stepped up and worked together to write, support, and …

Mobility Solutions: Accelerating toward the Future

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about the vital role that transportation options play in what we at AARP call “livable communities” – great places to live for people of all ages. Being able to get around is critical to earn a living, raise a family, contribute and stay connected to your community and enjoy life. And, having alternatives to getting behind the wheel of your own car is particularly important for older adults who want to stay …