Jilenne Gunther

Director, BankSafe/ AARP

Armed with a passion for social work and her trade as an attorney, Jilenne Gunther is on a mission to solve policy problems and implement solutions in a meaningful and impactful way. As the Director of AARP’s BankSafe Initiative at the Public Policy Institute, Jilenne Gunther works on policy solutions to curb financial exploitation and implement BankSafe principles across the country.
Prior to PPI, she served at the state level where she was the director of elder justice increasing funds by 487%. Seeing the need to fight exploitation she worked with banks to institute age-friendly practices and created one of the first banking features to help family caregivers prevent exploitation. She wrote a pioneering analysis of the economic cost of elder financial exploitation as well as two books for seniors on fraud and financial rights (Navigating Your Rights: The National Legal Guide for Those 50 and Over and the Utah Legal Guide for Those 55 and Over. Jilenne has a reputation from taking projects from beginning of research to implementation.