Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Debra Whitman Join Pension Rights Center’s Board of Directors

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Debra Whitman Join Pension Rights Center’s Board of Directors


WASHINGTON — The Pension Rights Center is pleased to announce that former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and AARP Executive Vice President Debra Bailey Whitman have joined the organization’s board of directors. Townsend and Whitman join a prestigious roster of academic, legal, and policy experts in guiding the nation’s leading consumer organization on retirement income issues.

“The board and staff are delighted that Kathleen and Deb will be providing their expertise to the important work of the Center,” said Board Chair Nancy Altman. “Their strong commitment to ensuring that people can retire in dignity after a lifetime of work will make their insights invaluable to helping the Center achieve its mission.”

Townsend, Maryland’s first woman lieutenant governor, is a research professor at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy. She is a senior advisor to the Rock Creek Group, and she serves on the board of directors for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. 

Whitman is Executive Vice President of Policy, Strategy and International Affairs for AARP. An economist and authority on aging policy issues, she was formerly staff director of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Previously, she worked for the Congressional Research Service, the Social Security Administration, and as an adviser to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. 

Founded in 1976, the Pension Rights Center protects and promotes the retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families. The Center works to ensure that the consumer’s perspective is represented in the nation’s pension laws and regulations, and it helps thousands of people obtain wrongfully-denied pensions. The Center also publishes factsheets and guides that explain complex issues related to retirement income, and it serves as an indispensable resource for the media.

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