Staff

Robert B. Blancato, President

Robert Blancato Bob Blancato is the President of Matz, Blancato and Associates, the National Coordinator of the bipartisan 3000-member Elder Justice Coalition, and the Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Bob has more than 20 years of service in the US Congressional and Executive branches, including senior staff of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging and an appointment by President Clinton to be Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. More recently, Bob serves as the Chair of the Board of the American Society on Aging and on the National Board of AARP. He also serves on the Board of the National Council on Aging and the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. He was recently selected by Next Avenue as a 2016  Influencer in Aging. Bob is a contributing blogger to the Huffington Post and Next Avenue, writing on aging issues. He holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MPA from American University. Bob has won numerous awards for advocacy including receipt of the title Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2011.

Mortimer “Morty” Matz, Founding Partner

Mortimer MatzMortimer “Morty” Matz is the Founding Partner of MBA.  He is based in New York.  Morty is a Public Relations professional with a long career specializing in reputation and crisis management. He has also served as spokesman for public officials at the National, State and local levels..  Prior to his career in public relations, Matz was an editor at the New York Daily News. He graduated from Amherst College.. His part time college job was as driver for poet Robert Frost, who lectured at Amherst. He has created many annual media events and has been profiled in major newspapers and magazines. “If Edward Bernays was the philosophical father of public relations, Mortimer Matz might be considered the godfather of pragmatic press agentry.”   NY Times  August 2010

Meredith Ponder Whitmire, Senior Associate

Meredith PonderMeredith Ponder Whitmire is the Senior Associate at Matz, Blancato and Associates. She is the Federal Policy and Advocacy Manager for the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) and the Federal Policy and Media Coordinator for the Elder Justice Coalition. She also directs policy for a senior malnutrition coalition, Defeat Malnutrition Today. In these roles, she provides policy analysis and direction for and advocates on behalf of a wide variety of aging topics, including nutrition, elder justice, and community-based services. Previously, Meredith worked for the National Council on Aging as a legal fellow and a summer associate. She has also worked for other non-profit organizations and on Capitol Hill. She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Georgetown University.