Veronica Byrd Director, Media Relations, AARP
Veronica Byrd is a Director, Media Relations at AARP. She leads the Health Team, which focuses on the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, brain health, caregiving, livable communities, and other health-related topics. Veronica has over 25 years of media relations, public relations, advocacy communications, crisis management, and journalism experience. Before joining AARP, she was the Director of Communications and Public Relations at the American Nurses Association and, prior to that, the Director of African American Media at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Veronica spent the first part of her career as a journalist in New York City and previously worked at People, Essence, Vanity Fair, Money and The New York Times. She has also written articles for Essence, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Self, Fitness, Ebony, and other publications. Veronica is a graduate of Rollins College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.