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Rev. Joseph Williams Named AARP DC State President

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Rev. Joseph K. Williams Named AARP DC President

New State Leader Known as an Advocate for Independent Living Among Older Residents


( Washington, DC – August 27, 2014) New leadership has been appointed for AARP’s 89,000 members and volunteers in Washington, DC. Rev. Joseph K. Williams, Sr., M.Div. is now State President, the highest-serving volunteer position for AARP DC and its work on behalf of DC residents who are age 50+ and their families. Rev. Williams, a boomer and the first male to serve as AARP DC State President, has been a member of the AARP DC Executive Council, the advisory body to the State Director Louis Davis, Jr. For more information about AARP DC, go to

“This is an exciting opportunity to work with AARP DC to keep the concerns and needs of DC residents who are 50+ on the forefront of the City’s agenda,” said Rev. Williams.

Rev. Williams is Chief Executive Officer of Emmaus Services for the Aging and Emmaus Rehabilitation, LLC. Emmaus is a leader in the senior community for providing safety-net services with an “aging-in-community” philosophy that allows older adults to remain active and independent. With more than 20 years of experience in the Human Services field and organizational development, he is a committed and passionate community builder known as an innovator of collaborative relationships that builds bridges in the corporate arena, faith communities and the community at-large.

Rev. Williams went on to say, “I envision my work in the position of State President as one who foster collaborative relationships that bridges the effort of the community, government and private section in the District of Columbia.”

Through Rev. Williams’ efforts, groups such as the “East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership” and the DC Senior Advisory Coalition, have made a positive difference in the lives young and older adults DC. He holds memberships in such organizations the Shaw Roundtable, Leadership Greater Washington, BB&T Community Steering Committee, as well as other civic and fraternal organizations.

Rev. Williams is a native Washingtonian, who grew up east of the Anacostia River. He is a graduate of the DC Public School System and received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Mass Media Arts from the University of the District of Columbia. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Howard University. His successes and accomplishments are derived from a compelling combination of creative abilities, sound business savvy, solid communication skills, and an ability to establish effective working relationships that are detailed-oriented.

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 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 security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers 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;; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP VIVA, a bilingual news source. 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. Learn more at

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