Lisa Davis

  • Fall 2005

LISA DAVIS serves as a high level counselor to The American Association of Retired People's (AARP) Chief Communications Officer and its Executive Team (AARP's governing body). Prior to her appointment as Senior Advisor, she served as AARP's Director of Public Relations where she led the development and implementation of communications strategies for the nation's leading organization of people aged 50+, its for-profit subsidiary and charitable foundation. In October 2003, PR Week named Ms. Davis to their "In-House A-List," PR Week's designation of the top 20 In-house communicators. In November 2003, PR Week with public relations expert Harold Burson named her one of the "15 Leading Lights" in the industry. During her years at the American Bar Association she handled communications on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination and hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas, the Rodney King riots and perestroika, the opening of the Soviet Union. At AARP she led communications for a CEO change, establishment of a for-profit subsidiary and redirection of AARP's charitable foundation as well as implementation of the ground-breaking law providing prescription drug coverage for seniors and Social Security reform. Prior to AARP, Davis served as National Deputy Press Secretary for the Clinton/Gore '96 Re-election campaign. Davis was also Press Secretary for the Democratic Leadership Council and its think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute, where she was responsible for all media activities. In earlier positions, Davis was the Staff Director of Communications and Professional/Public Services for the American Bar Association, Director of Communications and Membership Services for the National Bar Association, and worked in several capacities on the staff of former U.S. Congressman Alan Wheat.