Robert “Bob” Blancato is president of Matz, Blancato and Associates, a public and government relations firm. With over 30 years of deep experience in the field of aging and public service, Bob chaired the American Society on Aging from 2016 to 2018. In addition, he is executive director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs and the national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition.
He is a former volunteer State President of AARP Virginia and a former president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. He 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.
Bob was named one of the top 50 “Influencers in Aging” by Next Avenue; in 2015 was appointed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education; and he served six years on the board of the National Council on Aging. He was knighted by the Republic of Italy in 2011.
Bob resides in Virginia.