Louis Colbert, Chair of the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Nominating Task Force is pleased to announce that Robert (Bob) Blancato, President of Matz, Blancato and Associates, an influential public policy and strategy consulting firm in Washington, DC, will serve as the next ASA Board Chair. His term begins March 23 during ASA’s Aging in America Conference in Washington, DC. He will succeed Lynn Friss Feinberg, whose term as Chair concludes on March 22.
Bob Blancato, President of Matz, Blancato and Associates and Chair-Elect of ASA Board of Directors
Bob is a nationally recognized leader who has served on the boards of numerous aging organizations. He continues to serve as the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, which was instrumental in helping pass the 2010 Elder Justice Act. In addition, he currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, in addition to serving on the Board of the National Council on Aging. He also serves as Volunteer State President of AARP in his home state of Virginia.
Bob has more than 20 years of federal government service in the Congress and Executive branches including being appointed by President Clinton to direct the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. “With Bob’s decades of experience in public policy and advocacy, and his extensive relationships with legislators, policy advisors and Hill staff, commencing his term as Chair in an election year is fortunate for ASA and for our members,” said Louis Colbert.
At the same time Bob assumes this two-year term, Louis thanks Ken Dychtwald who leaves the Board with a personal agenda to focus on those issues where he believes he can have the greatest impact, including “working to avert a new era of mass elder poverty, preparing our healthcare system for the chronic health challenges of older adults and their caregiving families, turbo-charging the frontiers of science to beat Alzheimer’s before it beats us, liberating the consumer marketplace from its ageist, youth-obsessed orientation in order to increase the comfort, security, engagement, well-being and dignity of older adults, and helping to envision a new purpose for older adults – with a strong emphasis on fostering positive transgenerational inter-dependencies.” “Ken’s continuing support and collaboration with ASA is a win-win as his 40 years of service to ASA has provided a rich legacy for which the organization will be forever grateful,” said Louis.
As Ken wraps up his ASA Board service, he leaves us with these words: “I have never cared more deeply about a professional association than I do about ASA. As ‘aging’ is overflowing into the mainstream, the boundaries of the ‘aging services field’ are being re-written as professionals in many sectors are increasingly responsible for the holistic well-being of older adults. It is my hope that ASA will continue to lead this revolution.”
For additional information on ASA Board service opportunities, or with related questions, email ASA’s President and CEO, Bob Stein, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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