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Our CEO Makes List of 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance


AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins was named last month to Barron's list of the 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance, an annual who's who of investment managers, public servants and other leaders shaping the financial-services industry. Jenkins joins a list that includes Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Nasdaq President and CEO Adena Friedman and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

In a Barron’s profile published on Friday, Jenkins discussed AARP’s role in advocating for older adults throughout the pandemic — a group that was significantly more likely to get seriously ill or die from COVID-19. Ninety-three percent of the more than 1 million people who died as a result of COVID were age 50-plus.

​“Under Jo Ann’s leadership, AARP has been an advocacy powerhouse on pocketbook issues that mattered most to older Americans during the pandemic,” Annette Franqui, chairwoman of AARP’s board of directors, told Barron’s.

Jenkins became president of AARP Foundation in 2010 and our CEO in 2014. She's made the Barron’s list in each of the three years that it’s been published. Honorees are chosen by a panel of Barron’s writers and editors, with input from readers, financial experts, policymakers and prior honorees.

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