Since April 2009, Joseph DeMattos has led Maryland’s largest and oldest long-term care association – the Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM). As president, DeMattos is responsible for managing and leading the voluntary provider community association, which was chartered in 1948 as the Maryland Nursing Home Association. HFAM’s 156 members include skilled nursing and sub-acute facilities, assisted living programs, and continuing care retirement communities. HFAM members provide quality care to more than 19,000 Maryland consumers in need of long-term care and employ more than 18,000 people.
Prior to joining HFAM DeMattos was AARP’s senior state director, Maryland. He was responsible for the management of the AARP Maryland State Office in Baltimore, and charged with directing the organization’s advocacy, community service, and education activities statewide. AARP in Maryland has more than 875,000 members.
DeMattos, 51, served in leadership roles for AARP’s Medicare Prescription Drug and Social Security campaigns. Prior to becoming state director, DeMattos was AARP’s interim director of Advocacy where he directed government relations and advocacy nationwide.
DeMattos has more than 28 years of professional and community service experience in the fields of communications, community outreach, public relations, and government relations.
Before joining AARP, DeMattos was a government relations and crisis communications practitioner at a prominent Hawai’i public relations firm. DeMattos served on Hawai’i Governor John Waihee’s Executive Chamber staff and on the Office of Information staff. In Hawai’i, DeMattos also served on the staff of the Attorney General and as a legislative aide in the State House.
DeMattos is a graduate of the University of Hawai’i and is a past president of the University of Hawai’i Alumni Association. DeMattos holds a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University. He has completed executive education studies in Management at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He is also an alumnus of the Pacific Century Fellows Program, a Hawai’i-Pacific program modeled after the White House Fellows. He is an alumnus of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2008. DeMattos is currently serving as Adjunct Professor – Leadership, Erickson School of Management of Aging Services, UMBC.