The all-volunteer Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP. The Board provides strategic direction, sets policy and provides governance oversight for AARP. Directors’ responsibilities include approving AARP’s strategic plan, approving the budget and monitoring AARP’s finances.
“I am honored to be a part of AARP’s Board of Directors,” Blancato said. “It is an organization committed to service, inspiring social change and ensuring that people of all backgrounds age with dignity and respect. I look forward to serving AARP’s members and the broader 50-plus population and their families.”
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, executive director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, and national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition. He served as volunteer State President of AARP Virginia and president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Previously, he spent 17 years on the staff of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging. Blancato resides in Virginia.