AARP Georgia is pleased to announce the appointment of Debra Tyler-Horton as its new State Director, a move that elevates her from AARP North Carolina’s Associate State Director – Multicultural Outreach to this state’s top decision-making position.
Tyler-Horton joined the AARP NC team in 2010 tasked with developing a deeper presence in diverse communities by strengthening visibility, engaging volunteers and members, building key relationships, conducting grassroots activities and participating in educational forums. Tyler-Horton has demonstrated success leading and managing teams, engaging volunteers, and innovating to achieve results. Tyler-Horton, former host of AARP’s “Real Life, On the Radio,” a weekly public affairs and discussion program, was heard throughout the Eastern Seaboard for five years.
Tyler-Horton is committed to building community in Georgia with strong partnerships. She will spearhead a volunteer-centered community engagement effort for AARP’s presence statewide. “Georgia is leading the country in thinking boldly and creatively about ‘Real Possibilities,’ for the 50+ population and I’m excited to be here in the state as your new AARP State Director,” says Tyler-Horton. “I look forward to our work together to develop Age-Friendly communities, support for family caregivers, strengthen financial resiliency, and protection from fraud, scams, and identity theft.”
Tyler-Horton brings a wealth of experience to the role, and in her new capacity she will lead the AARP Georgia staff, hundreds of volunteers from throughout the state and more than one million members. AARP Georgia is among a targeted number of large populated states within the AARP organization. She plans to strengthen AARP’s presence in Georgia communities through strategic advocacy efforts, education opportunities, and other innovative offerings to enhance the quality of life for Georgians.
Tyler-Horton is a results-oriented professional with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and budget oversight. Prior to her role at AARP, Tyler-Horton served as the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Justice Center for more than 13 years. The Justice Center, located in Raleigh, is the state’s leading progressive advocacy and research organization.
A Brooklyn, New York, native, Tyler-Horton traveled to South America as an Eisenhower Fellow, focusing on poverty and illiteracy, and has helped fight drought and hunger as a board member of Project Tanzania. She has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, but the one she says she is proudest of is recognition from the National Council of Negro Women for her devoted service to the community. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Shaw University and is an ordained deacon.
Pictured: AARP Georgia State Director, Debra Tyler-Horton
Photo Credit: AARP Georgia