Marie Houghton of Colchester has been appointed State President of AARP Vermont, a volunteer position working closely with both staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in Vermont. Her responsibilities include serving as primary volunteer spokesperson, chairing the AARP Vermont Executive Council, building networks and community partnerships and recruiting volunteers.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Marie on board representing the interests of our members across Vermont,” said Greg Marchildon, state director at AARP Vermont. “She has been an active AARP volunteer for several years working on issues related to livable communities and brings valuable experience and connections in both business and in the community. She is well equipped to support our advocacy and outreach agendas including livable communities, consumer protection, financial security, energy affordability, workforce opportunities, and transportation issues among others.”
Houghton is a native Vermonter, born and raised in Barre, Vermont and attended Champlain College in Burlington. She worked for IBM where she held a variety of management and non-management positions in marketing, education and business operations. The majority of her 45-year career with IBM was with IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs. As Corporate Citizenship manager, she was responsible for IBM’s community outreach, employee volunteer programs and philanthropic activities in Vermont. Marie also held the position of Finance & Business Operations Manager for Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs - Americas.
Houghton currently serves on the AARP Livable Communities team, the Community Investment Committee of the United Way of Northwest Vermont, the United Way Neighbor Rides Transportation Advisory Committee and is a solicitor for the annual United Way campaign. Prior board service includes the Vermont Council on Rural Development and VABIR.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with 128,000 members in Vermont and nearly 40 million members nationally. Through a wide array of special benefits, services, and information resources, we help our members make important choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most of life after 50.