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Maryland's Diane Bell-McKoy Begins AARP National Policy Council Term

Diane Bell-McKoy
Tracey Brown

AARP recently welcomed Diane Bell-McKoy to its National Policy Council. Bell-McKoy will serve a two-year term.

“I am honored to join the AARP National Policy Council.” Bell-McKoy said. “It is an organization committed to service, inspiring social change and ensuring that people of all backgrounds age with dignity and respect. I look forward to serving AARP members and the broader 50+ population.”

Bell-McKoy, of Baltimore, Maryland, is President/CEO of Associated Black Charities, Maryland’s leading African-American philanthropic organization. Its signature strategy, More in the Middle, expands opportunities/access for people of color, counteracting the detrimental impact of structural racism on economic and health outcomes. She serves on a number of philanthropic and civic boards in Maryland to expand the conversation about these impacts. Bell-McKoy has received numerous awards, among them being named the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women on three occasions, placing her in their “Circle of Excellence.” She has also been named one of the Daily Record’s Most Influential Marylanders in two categories - Philanthropy in 2010 and in 2014 for civic leadership

Bell-McKoy attended the University of Maryland, College Park and Baltimore County, an Honors University, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning. She has received Leadership/Management certifications from a number of organizations including Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

The AARP National Policy Council (NPC) is a 25-member all volunteer policy analysis and advisory body to AARP’s Board of Directors. As a member of the NPC, Bell-McKoy will help develop and make policy recommendations to AARP’s Board of Directors. She is charged with ensuring that public policies reflect members' concerns and interests, examining polling research and policy trends and analyses and representing the NPC in national issue forums.
AARP received a large number of applications from members all over the country to serve on the NPC. An independent review committee evaluated the submissions and sent its recommendations to the Board for approval.

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