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2014 Speaker Series—October 22

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American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and Livable Communities

Aldea and Shannon will present on the work that AARP is doing in the Livable Communities arena and highlight the impact of the growing boomer population on communities. Programming discussed will include AARP’s Home Fit workshops, Network of Age Friendly Communities, and the Livability Index.

View video of the presentation below or from here.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 22, at 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon

Location: Boardroom, 4th Floor, County Administration Building (CAB), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
CM: 1.5 (pending)




Aldea Douglas, Project Manager, Livable Communities Education and Outreach, AARP

Aldea Douglas manages programming and partnership development for AARP’s Livable Communities Team. Her work includes ensuring that community leaders and members have tools and resources to remain independent, productive, and purposeful through education on various initiatives to AARP’s state offices. Her previous experience includes over 12 years of urban planning work including experience in multicultural communities, transit-oriented development planning, and community outreach. Aldea received a Master of Community Planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and BS in Environmental Science from North Carolina A&T State University.

Shannon Guzman, Policy Research Senior Analyst, Public Policy Institute, AARP

Shannon Guzman is a policy research senior analyst with the AARP Public Policy Institute where she works primarily on livable community issues. She conducts research and analysis to inform community members and assist local decision-makers in their efforts to support residents who want to age in place. She has also coauthored publications on community livability, housing, and transportation. Prior to joining AARP, she was a senior planner for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, where she worked on long-range, comprehensive planning projects focused on the implementation of smart growth, neighborhood revitalization, and transit-oriented development policies and strategies for several communities. Shannon also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, where she worked on community development projects with an emphasis on citizen participation, girls’ education, and municipal work force development and training. She received a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland; an MA in Communications, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University; and a BA in Spanish from the University of Virginia.