The South Carolina branch of AARP has hired Charmaine S. Fuller Cooper as its new state director.
Fuller Cooper brings two decades of experience in campaign strategy and management, government relations, and rural, multicultural, and conservative advocacy, including nine years with AARP. She previously served the company as field campaigns manager, working alongside her predecessor in the role and director of advocacy for North Carolina.
“For so many people, financial security, affordable health care, housing and public services are at the forefront of issues that dramatically impact quality of life as we age,” Cooper said in a statement. Press release. “It is our job to hear the concerns of our members and drive the change and safety they want.”
She also served as executive director of the NC Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation after building the foundation and its clearinghouse from the ground up to reach victims of the forced sterilization eugenics program that operated from the 1920s through the 1970s. .
Fuller Cooper’s leadership raised the voices of victims to an international audience, ultimately resulting in $10 million in compensation for living victims, according to the release. In addition, she has advocated for criminal justice reforms, conducted advocacy for the American Heart Association and served on the Care 4 Caroline health care access coalition.
In addition to running a nonprofit and government agency, Fuller Cooper has served as guardian ad litem of the court, president-elect of the NC Coalition on Agingco-chair of the North Carolina Olmstead Plan Advisory Committee and member of various boards, including the state United Way.
New state director says she looks forward to partnering with State Executive Council Chairwoman Emma McGraw Myers and Palmetto State staff and volunteer team .
Former South Carolina AARP State Director Teresa Arnold retired in December 2021.
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