Carol Downs

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Since graduating in1995 with a Masters Degree in Social Work (concentration in gerontology) from Catholic University of America, Carol has been involved in issues that impact the lives of seniors and their families. Her professional life has included working as a Program Specialist for AARP, Washington, D.C; Director of Patient Services for the American Cancer Society, Vienna, VA; Program Specialist for the National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA) and most recently as Executive Director of the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV) in Vienna, VA.

 Since retiring in 2008, Carol has volunteered for AARP Virginia as a Community Outreach Volunteer, an advocate on the State Legislative Team and is currently serving as the State President. Carol has been a member of the Alexandria Commission on Aging (COA) for the past 10 years, including being the Chair of the Commission for two years. She has also been Chair of the virtual village, At Home in Alexandria (AHA),  and a member of the Northern Virginia Aging Network (NVAN), an organization that focuses on State legislative issues that impact seniors.

Prior to working in aging issues, Carol worked for 3M Company for several years in sales and marketing.  She started her professional life as an elementary school teacher in Connecticut and California.

 To maintain a sense of balance and levity, Carol enjoys being with her nine grandchildren, working in the garden and traveling to places she’s never been.

 Her motto is, “If you’re not having fun, don’t do it.”