Mimi moved from Philadelphia to Bethlehem, PA at age five and eventually graduated from Lehigh University, where her father was a professor. She moved to Washington, DC in 1983 to work with Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro (D-NY) who was Walter Mondale’s running mate in the 1984 Presidential Election. She then worked at EMILY’s List, a PAC that raises money for women running for political office. Mimi then followed successful candidate Jolene Unsoeld (D-WA) back to Capitol Hill, first as a legislative assistant and then as her 1992 campaign manager. After ensuring Unsoeld’s reelection, she joined the U.S. Dept. of Labor as an appointee of President Clinton, serving as lead on the Women’s Bureau’s national ‘Working Women Count’ survey.
Retiring from partisan politics in 1999, Mimi became AARP’s DC State Director, wrangling 200 volunteers to advocate on behalf of people over 50. “I served as the DC rep for 10 years and then in 2010, became National Vice President of Volunteer Engagement where I launched ‘Create The Good’ – AARP’s program to engage volunteers around the nation.”
Mimi retired from AARP in 2012. “Since retiring, I have been working with non-profit leaders as their organizations transition to new leadership,” she said.
“I met Roberta MacDonald, SVP of Marketing at Cabot, at AARP when we launched Create The Good,” Mimi recalled. “Cabot helped our program gain national exposure and notoriety when it put Create The Good information on its Butter Boxes. Since then, Mimi has worked closely with Cabot to create greater awareness of the importance of volunteerism. “Cabot provides product for countless volunteer programs through its Reward Volunteers program, Community Tour, and the Community Celebrity Cruise. “I also entered Cabot’s ‘Put A Bad Beat On Hunger’ Poker Tournament to benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey the past three years,” she added. Always humble, Mimi doesn’t mention she won the tournament in 2014 and donated her winnings to the Food Bank. While she did not finish “in the money” the other two years, she did make a donation. Mimi’s husband Mark, who did finish “in the money” in 2015, donated his winnings to the Food Bank.
The list of Mimi’s volunteer work reads like a short story. Her work rebuilding homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; advisory committee work for Break A Difference, an organization that runs alternative spring break programs for college students; raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and her passion of volunteering with the College Success Foundation to address critically low graduation rates of students in Washington, DC, are personally rewarding. “It’s all about giving back,” she says. “I’ve been blessed my entire life and I can’t imagine not creating good for people and communities.”
Be sure to meet Mimi and Mark on the cruise where Mimi will serve as Special Ambassador for AARP/Create The Good.