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AARP Iowa Announces Staff Changes

Posted on 09/10/19

AARP Iowa serves nearly 360,000 Iowa members with 5 key staff positons, and a host of volunteer support. Julie Betts, formerly in operations, has been promoted to Associate State Director for Communications and Annie Woods joins the team as Senior Operations Associate.

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In addition to Julie’s 6 years of experience at AARP, she brings 13 years of experience in non-profit management in Iowa and New York. In Des Moines, Julie is a founding member of the Des Moines Social Club, having moved here from Brooklyn, NY, where she spent her first career as a professional dancer. Julie, a native Iowan, brings a strong innovation focus to her new role in communications. She is a mother of two daughters and enjoys empowering young people through her work as a Girl Scout troop leader and member of the Heartland Youth Choir board.

“When this position came open, I knew that our best move would be to promote Julie in this role,” said Brad Anderson, AARP Iowa State Director. “I look forward to working with her on new ways to bring AARP to our members across the state.”

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Annie Woods calls herself an island girl in Iowa since her immigration to Des Moines from her native country Dominican Republic in 2016. With a background in film, experiential marketing events, and theater production, Annie has taken her experience in logistics and used it to enhance the quality of life of her new Iowa community. She's a certified life coach and public speaker with over six years of practice as a cross-generational and multi-disciplinary instructor, putting together both hard and soft skills workshops like Networking for entrepreneurs, personal development for high school students, and touch-screen technology for the 50+ community.

“Annie is no stranger to AARP, or to our team, having served as manager of our community outreach pop up team,” said Brad Anderson, AARP Iowa State Director. “I look forward to working with her in this new capacity. Her unique skills are an asset to our staff, volunteers and members.”

This story is provided by AARP Iowa. Visit the AARP Iowa page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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