March 17, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Jane Margesson
AARP Maine Communications Director
(207) 229-5628 or email@example.com
AARP Maine Welcomes New Associate State Director for
Advocacy and Outreach
PORTLAND: The AARP Maine State office is pleased to welcome a new member to their team, Amy Regan Gallant, who will serve in the position of Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach. Gallant brings abundant experience working and volunteering in the field, advocating for Maine’s most vulnerable populations. As part of AARP Maine, Gallant will work on outreach initiatives designed to enhance awareness and community relationships, while identifying and engaging volunteers in grassroots activities.
Gallant began her career in public action working for Preble Street in Portland where she served as the Homeless Voices for Justice in September 2007. In this role, she coordinated social change efforts through more than 100 public events. In July of 2013, Gallant became the Advocacy Coordinator managing the Maine Hunger Initiative, Affordable Care Act Healthcare Outreach for Veterans and Homeless Voices for Justice. Gallant organized the 100,000 Homes Portland Campaign where 60 community stakeholders from multiple sectors engaged in a survey outreach event to 150 people facing homelessness.
Gallant was appointed by Governor Paul LePage as the commissioner of the Maine Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. Gallant also contributed to the planning committee of the first New England Women’s Policy Conference in collaboration with Commissions across New England.
Gallant explains that she is delighted to join the AARP Maine team, especially during such a critical time for older Mainers. “With so much at stake for Maine’s at-risk populations, it is important for our members to know that AARP is here for them and that we will work together to safeguard their well-being. We intend to work closely with our members to bring their voices to Augusta during this legislative session. There are many opportunities for volunteers to work with our office and help us achieve great things for Maine.”
Amy Regan Gallant holds a B.A. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and an M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University.
You can find more information about AARP Maine and volunteer opportunities at www.aarp.org/me
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org ; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The 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. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Photo: Amy Regan Gallant