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Lisa Marsh Ryerson

President,  AARP Foundation

Lisa Ryerson

Lisa Marsh Ryerson is president of AARP Foundation, a charitable affiliate of AARP. She sets the Foundation’s strategic direction and steers its efforts to realize an audacious vision: a country free of poverty, where no older person feels vulnerable.  

During her tenure, AARP Foundation brought Experience Corps under its umbrella, launched new initiatives such as Property Tax-Aide and Work for Yourself@50+, and expanded its workforce programs including its longstanding sponsorship of the Senior Community Service Employment Program. The Foundation generated over $5 billion in income for older adults in its past three-year strategic plan through work and jobs, tax refunds and credits, and food security benefits. 

Ms. Ryerson has served on the boards of numerous higher education and nonprofit organizations, including the National Women’s History Museum, the Root Cause Coalition, The Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and Southern New Hampshire University.  

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wells College and a Master of Science from the State University of New York College at Cortland; an honorary degree from Southern New Hampshire University; an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the State University of New York at Albany; and an Honorary Doctor of Social Services from Dickinson College.