AARP Connecticut – the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization in the state with nearly 600,000 members – announces the appointment of Bethel resident Tia Murphy as its new Volunteer State President.
Murphy, a volunteer with AARP Connecticut since 2010, worked for more than 30 years in the information technology, telecommunications, and cable and internet industries. Her wide-ranging experience includes leadership positions with AT&T, BellSouth, Mediacom, ClearSource and Commonwealth Communications.
AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan said, “Tia has the invaluable blend of being an experienced AARP Connecticut volunteer who also continues to approach projects with fresh perspectives and innovative ideas. Her passion and dedication to AARP initiatives, as well as her leadership on the Livable Communities program, will serve Connecticut residents of all ages.”
The Volunteer State President helps guide the work, acts as a local ambassador and leads a corps of dedicated volunteers for AARP Connecticut. With the State Director and in collaboration with volunteers and staff, the State President is a partner in the strategic state plan. The State President provides feedback on important issues and communicates regularly with volunteers and the public regarding AARP state and national policies. The State President may also represent AARP on various taskforces and commissions, and act as a spokesperson on issues affecting residents aged 50 and over.
“AARP Connecticut’s volunteers are the foundation for all the good work we do,” added Murphy. “This means that effective recruiting, training, supporting and retaining of volunteers is a key priority for this position. Helping people to live their best lives possible is why I do this work.”
Murphy’s volunteer experience with AARP spreads across a wide variety of advocacy initiatives as well as community engagement programs such as Life Reimagined, Fraud Watch Network and The Road to Livability. She has been a participant and facilitator of trainings, presentations and outreach.
She began her professional career as a television information editor for a startup joint venture with the Associated Press. Murphy progressed up the corporate ladder, holding positions in marketing, sales and finance for a variety of large and small companies. She retired as a Regional Vice President for Marketing and Sales.
In addition to her volunteer work with AARP, Murphy has served on a number of boards of directors for nonprofit organizations in the arts, human services and civic arenas in a variety of capacities. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and holds an MBA from Loyola Chicago.