Sarah Lenz Lock is Senior Vice President for Policy and Brain Health in AARP’s Policy, Research and International Affairs (PRI). Ms Lock leads AARP’s policy initiatives on brain health and care for people living with dementia, including serving as the Executive Director of the Global Council on Brain Health, an independent collaborative of scientists, doctors and policy experts convened by AARP to provide trusted information on brain health. Ms Lock also coordinates AARP’s role in the Leadership Council of Aging Organisations.
From 2007 to June 2018 she directed the Office of Policy Development and Integration, where she lef the office responsible for the development of AARP’s public policies. Previously, Ms Lock was Senior Attorney/Manager at AARP Foundation Litigation conducting impact litigation on behalf of older persons, working on health care issues related to Medicare, Medicaid, managing care, long term care, and prescription drugs. She has authored numerous amicus briefs in appellate courts all over the country on health care issues impacting older Americans.
Sarah is a member of the American Society on Aging and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Sarah serves on the Dementia Friendly America National Council and the Health and Aging Policy Fellow Program National Advisory Board Member. She formerly served as a Commissioner for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging and on the HHS Administration on Community, Living Aging and Cognitive Health Technical Expert Advisory Board.
Prior to joining AARP, Sarah served as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice handling complex litigation against federal agencies such as NIH, FDA, the Air Force and Army, and EPA. She provided legal advice and assisted in policy development for numerous federal agencies on issues that included information technology, transportation, security and terrorism, and tort reform. She also taught at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute for Civil Trial Advocacy.
Sarah began her career as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S House of Representatives to Congressman Michael D. Barnes working with the Federal Government Service Task Force, and worked at the law firm of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn.
Ms Lock received a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, and a J.D from the University of Maryland School of Law where she was a member of the law review.