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Former Communications Director for Rep. Rahm Emanuel Joins AARP to Manage Social Impact Media Strategy

Washington — AARP has appointed Cecelia Prewett to the newly created position of Associate Director of Media Relations. Prewett joins the organization as a seasoned media relations professional with more than 15 years of experience in political communications, media relations and journalism.

“Cecelia will be helping craft and direct media strategy for AARP’s ambitious legislative agenda,” said Mark Kitchens, AARP Director of Media Relations. “Her experience and relationships will add to the forward leaning, rapid response media operation AARP is building to lead the discussion on some of the greatest challenges our nation faces.”

Prewett joins AARP from the office of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich where she served as Senior Communications Manager for the Governor’s Office of Communication and Information. While there, Prewett supervised the communications teams for the 23 agencies under the Office of the Governor.

“AARP champions some of the most important issues our nation faces””the very health and financial security for current and future generations. It really is an exciting time to join the media relations team,” Prewett said. “I look forward to supporting AARP’s mission to ensure the decisions our leaders make today will help Americans live the life they choose with dignity, purpose and peace of mind.”

Prewett previously worked on Capitol Hill for several highly active and visible Members of Congress, including Representatives Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), and Bob Filner (D-CA). While on the Hill, Prewett focused on creating and implementing overall media and messaging strategies, including developing strong relationships with reporters, organizing press conferences, and drafting speeches, press releases, and other communications materials.

Prewett earned her Masters in Political Management from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Tennessee.

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; ARP 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, 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.

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