Jean Accius

Senior Vice President, AARP Global Thought Leadership


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Global Purpose-Driven Leader Driving Transformational Change, Innovation & Results

As Senior Vice President of Global Thought Leadership at AARP, Dr. Jean Accius leads a team in positioning AARP as a global thought leader by identifying emerging trends around the world, cultivating and elevating new ideas, forging global strategic alliances that become the foundation for collaboration and sparking bold solutions to change systems and improve the lives of the global population as it ages.

Dr. Accius is a passionate champion and catalyst for changing how the world sees and values aging. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on aging, longevity, equity, health systems transformation and modernizing the delivery and financing of long-term care. With tri-sector experience and deep knowledge, he has a strong track record of building high-performing teams, managing cross-functional operations and processes, and developing innovative and actionable solutions, policies, and programs to close the opportunity gap so that everyone can live longer, healthier and more productive lives.

Dr. Accius has been generously recognized for his transformational leadership, business acumen, and systems change approach, including:

  • Next Avenue’s Influencer in Aging Award (2020)
  • Florida State University’s Alumni Association Circle of Gold (2020)
  • The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Sharecare Award for groundbreaking work on male family caregivers (2019)
  • The Maryland Daily Record  2019 Influential Marylander Award
  • Black Enterprise magazine’s 2018 Modern Man of Distinction
  • Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund 40 under 40 Award (2018)
  • Gerontological Society of America Fellow (2018)
  • The National Academy of Social Insurance New Generation of Social Insurance Leaders Award (2017)

A highly sought after author and speaker, Dr. Accius has been quoted by or appeared in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, Forbes, TIME Magazine, USA Today, Reuters, Politico, Next Avenue, ESPN’s Undefeated, Rolling Out, NationSwell, Congressional Quarterly, and Huffington Post.  In 2020, he facilitated several sessions at the 50th annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and also engaged nearly 300 leaders across industries and sectors, including 20 ambassadors and many delegates, at the United Nations.

Accius is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and has held a variety of board and advisory positions including Justice in Aging, the American Society on Aging, Leadership Maryland and the American University School of Public Affairs Board of Advisors. Previous Board appointments also include Florida State University Alumni Association, the South Florida Institute on Aging Policy Council and the Editorial Advisory Committee for Generations, the journal for the American Society on Aging.

He is an Executive Leadership Council Fellow, member of G100’s Transformational Leadership Network, and holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration and a master’s degree in aging studies from the Claude Pepper Institute at Florida State University. He also holds a Ph.D. in public administration from American University.  Dr. Accius is a graduate of Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2014, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health program on health reform, and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Corporate Innovation program.

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