How Did I Get Here? AARP chief Jo Ann Jenk­ins has worked with Po­tuses and Flo­tuses since 1981

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, AARP

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“My fa­ther was a mer­chant marine, and my sib­lings are all 8 to 10 years older than me, so when my fa­ther was out at sea, it was just my mother and me at home.” “I’ve worked for or with ev­ery pres­i­dent or first lady since Rea­gan.” “One of the things I’m proud­est of is work­ing closely with Sec­re­tary of Trans­porta­tion El­iz­a­beth Dole to put women in lead­er­ship po­si­tions through­out the de­part­ment.” “The big is­sue was, how do we dig­i­tize con­tent? We came up with the dig­i­tal stan­dards for preser­va­tion that li­braries and in­dus­tries around the world use.” “I’ve been fo­cus­ing on how in­creased longevity gives us an­other 20 to 30 years to do some­thing dif­fer­ent. We have 38 mil­lion mem­bers.” “It’s a Je­suit school, like a close-knit fam­ily. You got to know your pro­fes­sors closely at a time when that was un­usual in uni­ver­si­ties.” “I tried not to make any un­nec­es­sary en­e­mies in Washington. You never know who will be your boss one day.” “It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing place. There’s more than 4,000 staff mem­bers, with em­ploy­ees who know over 260 lan­guages.” “I’d al­ways wanted to run a non­profit. In two years, we went from 800,000 donors to 2 mil­lion.”

Watch­ing Pres­i­dent Obama sign the Im­prov­ing Medi­care Post-acute Care Trans­for­ma­tion (Im­pact) Act of 2014 in the Oval Of­fice

Greet­ing Pres­i­dent Rea­gan, 1981

Check­ing out a replica of the Capi­tol grounds at the Capi­tol Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 2008

High school grad­u­a­tion

With Michael Dou­glas, 2015

Pub­lished by Publi­caf­fairs, 2016

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