Sep 21, 2021 11:45 AM
RI AARP Director Catherine Taylor

Catherine Taylor, an aging and dementia policy expert and advocate for older adults and people with disabilities, joined AARP Rhode Island as State Director in May 2021. She previously worked as executive director of Age-Friendly RI, an initiative of Rhode Island College, and as Senior Advisor for Policy, Partnerships and Community Engagement at the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience and the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center (RIGEC) at the University of Rhode Island.  

Ms. Taylor is the former director of the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, a two-time candidate for statewide office, and former owner of a strategic consulting firm, LangTaylor.  She previously served for 20 years as a legislative assistant and speechwriter for Senator John Chafee and later Senator Lincoln Chafee.  She is a Commissioner of the Rhode Island Governor’s Commission on Disabilities, and a former member of the board of directors of the National Association for Geriatric Education.

Ms. Taylor is an active community volunteer, currently serving as president of the board of directors of FirstWorks and as trustee of the Church of St. Sebastian.  She is a graduate of Yale University.  Ms. Taylor and her husband, attorney Robert Taylor, are the parents of four children and live in Providence.