West Jefferson resident Alan Briggs has been appointed to the Executive Council of AARP North Carolina.

High Country Press reports Briggs is a native of Asheville, and has had a long career in state government advising several elected officials including the Speaker of the House, the Attorney General and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Later he became a nonprofit executive focusing on land conservation and sustainability practices finishing his work career as director of the state food bank network.

Briggs retired to Ashe County and is an active community volunteer including his work with AARP North Carolina.

AARP is a volunteer-led organization and Executive Council members work closely with AARP staff and volunteers to provide strategy to guide the advocacy and programs offered to over 1.1 million AARP members in the state.