As EVP, Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, Nancy LeaMond oversees AARP’s Community, State & National Affairs group with responsibility for government affairs and legislative campaigns for AARP, recognized as one of the most powerful advocacy organizations in the country. She manages public education, community engagement, volunteerism, and multicultural outreach and engagement. Nancy also leads 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. During her tenure at AARP, she has led several landmark campaigns, including You’ve Earned a Say, Health Action Now and Divided We Fail. She manages a team of 700 staff and more than 17,000 volunteers across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to coming to AARP, Nancy served in the Executive Branch as the Chief of Staff and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Nancy worked extensively on health care and pension issues before entering the trade field, beginning her career in the Public Health Service, the Medicaid program and the Department of Commerce. She also served in the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Education, and on Capitol Hill as chief of staff to a senior Member of Congress.
Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree in public policy and urban planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She was named by The Hill as one of the ‘Top Lobbyists’ in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Mary Furlong, Ed.D., CEO of Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA), is a leading authority on the longevity marketplace. Successful social and serial entrepreneur, (SeniorNet (1986),ThirdAge Media (1996), and MFA (2002)), Mary has secured over $140 million in venture financing and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the boomer/senior marketplace. Next Avenue named Mary one of its “2016 Influencers in Aging,” she is also a past winner of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Top 100 Women of Influence” award, and the author of Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace.
Mary produces the industry-leading What’s Next Boomer Business Summit and the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition. She has appeared on NBC, CBS, and NPR and is an advisor to the Ziegler Link•age Longevity Fund, L.P.
MFA’s private client practice is comprised of many of the leading startups and corporations in the longevity marketplace. She also serves as an adjunct professor, focusing on entrepreneurship and women in leadership at the Leavey School of Business in Santa Clara, CA.
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