The Black Women's Agenda, Inc. (BWA) congratulates Jo Ann Jenkins, the 2013 recipient of its Economic Award, who was named as the organization's new chief executive officer, effective September 1, 2014. She will be the first woman to serve as a permanent chief executive in the organization's history. "Jo Ann is a seasoned leader and innovator. She has an obvious passion for AARP and she fully embraces the social mission," said Gail Aldrich, Chair of the AARP Board of Directors.

Jenkins currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of AARP. Prior to assuming that position, she was president of the AARP Foundation, where she led programs for low-income older adults that centered on fighting hunger, poverty and isolation.

As CEO, Jenkins indicated that one of her top priorities will be to help the AARP community navigate career issues in today's uncertain economic recovery and to focus on strategies for bringing down health-care costs for older Americans. "Our challenge and our opportunity is to be able to meet our members where they are and trying to help them come up with solutions for everyday kinds of problems," she said. "People want AARP to be with them every day in their community, not just here in Washington."

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