WASHINGTON, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One of the most trusted and recognized names in the financial space, expert Jean Chatzky is the newest addition to AARP's roster of Ambassadors. A finance expert, best-selling author, award-winning journalist and popular television personality, Chatzky believes knowing how to manage money is one of the most important life skills for people at every age. She has made it her mission to help simplify money matters, increasing financial literacy both now and for the future. As AARP's Financial Ambassador, she will tailor her advice to address the financial needs and concerns of 50+ Americans and will contribute monthly articles across the organization's various media platforms including AARP The Magazine and www.aarp.org.
"Jean's approach and philosophy to helping people understand and manage finances is something our audience can certainly benefit from during these tough economic times," said Emilio Pardo, EVP & Chief Brand Officer, AARP. "We want to help our members achieve financial security at whatever point of their lives they're in, and Jean's invaluable guidance and expertise will have something for everyone, whether you're taking care of your kids in college or your older parents, or looking at pursuing a new passion."
"I am both thrilled and honored to be joining the AARP team as their Financial Ambassador," said Jean Chatzky. "It has always been my goal to make money make sense for everyone, in every stage of life. AARP is a world-class organization and I look forward to working together in our shared mission to help their members improve the quality of their lives."
Chatzky's first contribution as AARP's Financial Ambassador is an article addressing "Six Tips for Your Money in an Uncertain Economy." Visitors to www.aarp.org can learn six actions that will help get them on the right path to financial security, such as how to develop a roadmap and diversifying tax loads.
Chatzky has received countless awards and recognitions for her work in the financial arena, including the Clarion Award for magazine columns from the Association of Woman in Communications. She is the author of six books, including best sellers Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day (New York Times and Business Week best seller), Make Money, Not Excuses (Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller), and her latest book Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security.
In addition to her professional work, Chatzky is on the National Foundation for Credit Counseling board of directors, lends her support and expertise to women's services groups and is on the board of the Nora Magid Mentorship prize at the University of Pennsylvania, which helps journalism students get a head start in the field. She is also a member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women for the University of Pennsylvania. Chatzky lives with her family in Westchester, New York.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 37 million members that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for Americans 50+ and the world's largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for the 50+ audience, AARP VIVA, a bilingual lifestyle multimedia platform addressing the interests and needs of Hispanic Americans; and national television and radio programming including My Generation and Inside E Street. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.