AARP comms officer receives Harvard fellowship

WASHINGTON: Lisa Davis, senior adviser to the chief communications officer at AARP, has been named a fellow at Harvard University?s Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government for the fall semester.

WASHINGTON: Lisa Davis, senior adviser to the chief communications officer at AARP, has been named a fellow at Harvard University?s Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government for the fall semester.

Davis, who will head to Cambridge, MA, in late August, will lead a weekly, not-for-credit study group on the topic of political communications. AARP granted Davis permission to take a leave of absence in order to participate in the fellowship program.

?They recognize that it is a prestigious thing, not just for me but for AARP,? she said.

Other fellows for the fall semester include former Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) and New York Times national political correspondent Adam Nagourney. Harvard is scheduled to announce the full list of fall fellows later this month.

Fellows at the Institute this past spring included Michael Deaver, international vice chairman of Edelman Worldwide and former deputy chief of staff to President Reagan, as well as Maggie Williams, former president of Fenton Communications and an official in the Clinton administration.

On July 1, Davis moved from her position as AARP?s director of PR to serve as senior adviser at the organization. She joined AARP?s communications department in 1996 after serving as national deputy press secretary for the Clinton-Gore reelection campaign.

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