Robert B. Blancato, PresidentRobert Blancato

Bob Blancato is President of Matz, Blancato, & Associates. Bob is the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, a non-partisan, 680 member organization. From 2000-2006, Bob served as President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. He currently serves as the Executive Director of NANASP, the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Bob is a former House of Representatives staff member and spent 17 years on the House Select Committee on Aging. He also served as Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) appointed by President Clinton. He was on the Policy Committee for the 2005 WHCOA appointed by Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Bob most recently became Chairman of the Commonwealth Council on Aging in Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a Masters of Public Administration from American University.


Meredith Ponder, Senior Associate

Meredith Ponder is a Senior Associate of Matz, Blancato & Associates. Meredith has worked for the National Council on Aging as a legal fellow and a summer associate. She has also worked for several other non-profit organizations and on Capitol Hill. Meredith serves as the Senior Representative for Federal Policy and Advocacy for NANASP. She holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.