Jo Ann Jenkins

Jo Ann Jenkins

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of AARP, Jo Ann Jenkins leads the world’s largest non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization with nearly 38 million members. Since 2014, Jo Ann has transformed AARP into a leader in social change empowering all people to choose how they live as they age. Under her leadership, AARP has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Jo Ann began her career at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, moving on to progressively more responsible leadership positions in the Department of Transportation and Department of Agriculture before serving as chief operating officer of the Library of Congress. She has served and continues to hold board and advisory positions at a number of corporate and civic organizations.

Her national best-selling book, “Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age,” has become a signature rallying cry for revolutionizing society’s views on aging by driving a new social consciousness and sparking innovative solutions for all generations. It has also been released in Chinese and Korean.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program and recipient of honorary doctorates of humane letters from both Spring Hill College and Washington College.  She is a Baldrige Fellow and received the Baldrige Leadership Award.  In 2019, Fortune magazine named her One of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.