Jamestown resident appointed AARP Foundation president

WASHINGTON, DC AARP Foundation announced it appointed Lisa Marsh Ryerson of Jamestown as its next president.. She is the daughter of Murray and Carol Marsh, formerly of Jamestown.

Ryerson formerly was president and chief executive officer of Wells College where worked for 18 years. Under her leadership, the college completed the largest fundraising effort in the college’s history, transitioned from a women’s college to a co-ed institution, and increased its enrollment. The Wells College Board of Directors named her President Emerita, in recognition of her accomplishments.

“Lisa has extensive experience not only leading a large, complex organization, but also successfully navigating such an organization through periods of transition and significant growth,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “She excels at collaboratively developing and executing strategic plans for increased impact.”

Jenkins added, “During the past four years, we have made significant progress in the four Foundation impact areas of Hunger, Isolation, Housing and Income for the most vulnerable in the 50+ population. Also, we continue to explore and develop new and exciting approaches for fulfilling the AARP Foundation mission. Lisa is exactly the type of leader who will quickly and effectively propel the foundation to even higher levels of achievement.”

Ryerson said, “I am incredibly excited and honored to join AARP Foundation as we journey forward to win back opportunity for struggling 50+ Americans and their families. Our nation’s shared future will be brighter if we work together to help those most in need. There is no higher calling for me than to support the historic and visionary work of this extraordinary organization.”

Ryerson has a bachleor’s degree from Wells College and a master’s in education and literacy from SUNY Cortland. Lisa also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from State University of New York.

AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Learn more at aarpfoundation.org.