Council of Advisors
State Director, AARP Maine
Lori K. Parham, Ph.D., is AARP Maine’s State Director, based in Portland, Maine. Prior to joining AARP Maine she worked as senior advisor to AARP's Executive Vice President for the State and National Group in Washington, DC, where she oversaw the reorganization of the Association's Government Affairs unit and the creation of a new Office of Volunteerism & Service. Her career at AARP began in Florida, where before becoming State Director in early 2007 she served as Advocacy Manager for State Affairs and was responsible for policy and legislative advocacy on topics including health and long-term care, transportation and utilities. Her service includes terms on the boards of the Florida Patient Safety Corporation, the Florida Council on Aging and the American Hiking Society.
Before joining AARP Parham served as a legislative analyst for the Florida Senate providing technical expertise to the Committee on Health, Aging and Long-Term Care. Her duties included oversight of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Florida Medicaid program. She also served as staff for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), focusing on long-term care issues in the Medicaid Research Bureau. Prior to her work at AHCA Parham worked at the Florida State University Claude Pepper Institute on Aging, where she was involved in multiple research projects on long-term care quality, work and the lifecourse, and inequality. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Belmont Abbey College, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. with a specialization in Political Economy and Aging from the Florida State University. She is currently a member of the National Academy for Social Insurance, the Gerontological Society of America and the Maine Gerontological Society.