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New Lobbyist for AARP Tennesee

Press Release from Tennessee Chapter of AARP, March 16, 2011:

Shelley Courington brings key lobbying, volunteer experience to role

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – AARP Tennessee’s new advocacy director, Shelley Courington, hasn’t had a chance to settle into her position because she took the job in the middle of the legislative session. That hasn’t fazed Courington, who dove right in and began advocating on behalf of older Tennesseans on a variety of issues lawmakers are considering.

Courington, who previously served as executive director of the Campaign for a Healthy and Responsible Tennessee (CHART) and as a grassroots advocacy director for the American Cancer Society, comes to AARP with an impressive background in nonprofit campaign management and lobbying.

In her new role, Courington is working with AARP volunteers across the state to create and implement advocacy campaigns and develop strategies on the state and federal levels to protect and advance the interests of 50+ Tennesseans and their families.

Courington, a graduate of the University of Montevallo in Alabama, also worked for the state and Metro Nashville Health departments, where she helped build coalitions and educate and train volunteers and partners on anti-smoking efforts.

“Shelley already has become a valuable and valued member of our team,” said AARP Tennessee State Director Rebecca Kelly. “Her relationships with key opinion leaders, her understanding of grassroots volunteers and her ability to bring people together will help AARP progress on our policy agenda and help older Tennesseans live their best lives.”

Courington said she is “thrilled to join AARP to advocate on behalf of older Tennesseans on issues that will allow them to become healthier, more financially secure and live in communities that are accessible and welcoming to people of all ages and abilities.”

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, www.aarp.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rice and the U.S. Virgin Islands.