Executive Vice President of Policy, Strategy and International Affairs, AARP
John Rother is responsible for the federal and state public policies of the Association, and for formulating AARP’s overall strategic direction. He also leads AARP’s active program of International idea exchanges and conferences. He is frequent speaker on Medicare, managed care, long-term care, Social Security, pensions and the challenges facing the boomer generation.
Prior to coming to AARP in 1984, Rother served eight years with the US Senate as Special Counsel for Labor and Health to former Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY), then as Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Special Committee on Aging under its Chairman, Senator John Heinz (R-PA). He serves on several Boards and Commissions, including Generations United, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, and the National Quality Forum. He also serves on the boards of Pension Rights Center, the Alliance for Healthcare Reform, and the American Board of Internal Medicine and on advisory boards to Kaiser Permanente, Google, and several congressional fellowships. In June 2010, John received the prestigious Robert Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance, honoring his lifetime of advocacy to strengthen the Social Security and Medicare programs.
Rother is an honors graduate of Oberlin College and the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Law.