ATLANTA — Greg Tanner, North Carolina native and longtime leader on public service issues, has been named AARP Georgia state director, the top staff position for AARP in Georgia.
Tanner replaces Pamela Roshell, who recently left AARP to take a position as regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Tanner has 10 years’ experience with AARP and served most recently as associate state director for community outreach for AARP’s North Carolina State Office. There he led AARP efforts in the fields of consumer protection, utility rate advocacy and multiculturalism.
“Greg’s leadership in areas critical to AARP’s Georgia membership, his management skills, and his deep knowledge of AARP’s mission and priorities make him the right person to lead the Georgia State Office now. AARP Georgia will excel under his leadership, and our members will be the ones that benefit,” said John Caine II, regional vice president for AARP’s Southeast Region, which includes Georgia and five other states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands.
“Our members expect us to be at the forefront on issues that matter to them – financial security, including the protection of Social Security and Medicare; affordable health care for all; support for caregivers; and – for those in the work force – opportunities for older workers. We intend to deliver on those expectations,” said Tanner.
Tanner’s work in North Carolina included leadership of the state’s utility campaign, helping members fight for affordable utility rates, and work on energy efficiency programs for residents aged 50 and above. He also served AARP recently as interim state director for the association’s Pennsylvania State Office. Before joining AARP, Tanner:
- Spent a combined nine years with the North Carolina attorney general’s office and the North Carolina secretary of state’s office working to educate North Carolinians on identity theft, investment fraud and related crimes targeting consumers.
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- Served as regional long-term care ombudsman at Lumber River Area Agency on Aging and later at Triangle J Area Agency on Aging.
- Worked as an advocate for residents in long-term care facilities, stopping an increase in improper discharges of long-term care residents through advocacy targeting the North Carolina General Assembly and the North Carolina Division of Facilities.
- Taught earth science, biology and chemistry II and served as head track coach and assistant football coach at Durham High School in Durham, N.C.
Tanner has represented AARP at numerous regional and state conferences, including the North Carolina Governor’s Conference on Aging on Safe Communities, the NAACP State Conference on Medicare Part D, and the North Carolina Black Elected Officials State Conference on the Affordable Care Act. He was also selected to serve on a national committee for AARP to address “How to Leverage Diversity as a Core Business Strategy.” As part of his multicultural work with AARP in North Carolina, he built relationships in the Latino and Asian American communities through advocacy and educational efforts.
Tanner serves on the boards of the LGBT Center of Raleigh and United Way of the Triangle. He recently received a North Carolina Consumer Fraud Task Force Private Sector Award for outstanding work on consumer protection education in North Carolina. He is a native of Durham and a graduate of North Carolina Central University.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, 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 Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
AARP serves more than 960,000 members in Georgia from its state headquarters in Midtown Atlanta.