Susan Reinhard RN PhD FAAN
SVP & Director
AARP Public Policy Institute
Susan C. Reinhard is a senior vice president at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the state, federal, and international levels. She also serves as the chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a national resource center created to ensure that America has the highly skilled nurses it needs to provide care in the future.
Susan is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy, with extensive experience in conducting, directing, and translating research into action to promote policy change. Previously, she served as professor and codirector of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she directed several national initiatives with states to help people of all ages with disabilities live in their communities.
As deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Susan led the development of policies and nationally recognized programs for family caregiving, consumer choice, and community-based care options. She is a former faculty member at the Rutgers College of Nursing, an American Academy of Nursing fellow, and a National Academy of Social Insurance member. She holds many governance positions, including on the boards of the Leapfrog Group, National Alliance for Caregiving, National Academy for State Health Policy, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Susan has received many honors, including the Family Caregiver Alliance 2013 Leadership Award, the Dick Ladd Award for Improving Long-Term and Community Research Care from the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation, the Health Policy and Legislation Award from New York University, and the Public Policy Pioneer Award from the Assisted Living Federation of America. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD in sociology from Rutgers University.