Robert “Bob” Blancato is chair of the American Society on Aging and a board member of the National Council on Aging, positions that reflect his 30 years of deep experience in the field of aging and in public service. Professionally, he is president of Matz, Blancato and Associates, a public and government relations firm. Also, he is executive director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs and the national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition. He served as volunteer State President of AARP Virginia and as president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Blancato spent 17 years on the staff of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging and has participated in four White House Conferences on Aging, including as the Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. He resides in Virginia.