AARP Florida announced the promotion of experienced senior advocate and attorney, Zayne Smith, to Director of Advocacy. Joining the AARP Florida Advocacy Team is Karen Murillo, a former Assistant Statewide Prosecutor for the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Florida.
AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson said, “We are thrilled to have a strong and passionate advocate like Zayne Smith as Director of Advocacy for AARP Florida. Zayne has spent more than 15 years in government affairs, and more than half that time with AARP fighting for older adults. Her vast experience is a testament to her dedication to our mission of fiercely defending the 50+ and empowering them to choose how they live as they age.
“We welcome Karen Murillo to the state office team as Advocacy Manager, and I am confident that her knowledge and experience as Assistant Statewide Prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office will be an incredible asset to our work at AARP. Karen’s efforts to expand protections for Florida seniors and prosecute crimes targeting vulnerable individuals has proven her devotion to serving older adults.
“Floridians 50+ are facing some of the most critical challenges in life, including affording retirement, finding quality care, access to affordable housing, caregiving, remaining independent as they age, and much more. The experience that Zayne and Karen bring to the table will ensure AARP Florida is well-positioned to advocate for Floridians who are facing these challenges and beyond.”
Smith will oversee a team of five staff throughout the state and is charged with directing AARP advocacy efforts and strategy on a wide range of issues, including long-term care. Murillo will serve as Advocacy Manager in AARP Florida’s Tallahassee office.