PORTLAND – AARP Maine is pleased to announce that Noël Bonam is joining the organization today as the new Director of State. He succeeds Lori Parham, who held the position for almost 10 years and accepted a new position in the AARP National Government Affairs Office in May.
Bonam brings extensive experience in leadership development, stakeholder engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion practices, and civic leadership. Prior to joining AARP, Bonam was the head of The Global Institute, a public interest organization (with operational centers in Denmark, India and the United States), specializing in social equity, the development of leadership and organizational sustainability.
“I am thrilled to join the AARP and look forward to being a powerful voice on behalf of its 200,000 members in the state and all Mainers aged 50 and over,” said Bonam. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime to advance the quality of life for seniors in our state and to cultivate appreciation for the important contributions we make to our community. I look forward to leading the vital work of AARP to build liveable and age-friendly communities and to foster social bonds and inclusion. Together, our team will fight ageism and age discrimination, and promote AARP’s strong political agenda to ensure the health, safety and economic security of all Mainers as we age.
Bonam has worked extensively with various partners around the world, particularly in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Previously, he was Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs for the State of Maine. In this role, he oversaw systemic change through diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by working closely with interdepartmental stakeholders and with key community partners statewide. He practices collaborative facilitation leadership and is committed to stakeholder engagement and empowerment, long-term sustainability, and dialogue for action.
“Christmas’s impressive track record and experience fits perfectly with AARP’s mission and our work at the local, regional and national levels,” said Kelly A. Clark, AARP East and Caribbean Regional Vice President. . “We are delighted to welcome him as the leader of our talented and dedicated staff in the State of Maine and the many volunteers who make our work possible.”
“I am very happy with Christmas selection as our next Director of State and I know he will be a great asset to the AARP Maine team,” added AARP President Pat Pinto. “Noel’s vast expertise leading mission-driven organizations and multicultural endeavors, both in Maine and around the world, provides him with an ideal foundation to continue Lori’s distinguished advocacy work for people 50 and over live and work in Maine. ”
Bonam holds a Masters in Public Personnel Management from the University of Osmania (India) and a Certification in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Human Resources from Cornell University. He is also a graduate of the Mid-Career Senior Officials in State and Local Government Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Association for World Education, an international NGO specializing in lifelong learning with consultative status with the United Nations.
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