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Robert Blancato

Bob Blancato is the National Coordinator of the bipartisan 3000-member Elder Justice Coalition.  

Bob was a House staffer for 17 years, including 13 on the House Select Committee on Aging.  He received an appointment by President Clinton to be Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, one of 4 White House Conferences on Aging that he has participated in. Bob was recently invited to testify before the Senate Finance Committee in July 2019 and the House Ways and Means Committee in October 2019 on aging issues.

As a volunteer, he serves on the National Board of AARP and on the Tufts University National Nutrition Council. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the American Society on Aging. On September 1, Bob began a four-year term on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, appointed by HHS Secretary Azar.

Bob holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MPA from American University. Bob has won numerous awards for advocacy, most recently winning the National Hispanic Council on Aging’s 2018 President’s Award awarded in December 2018 and the Rhoda Jennings Distinguished Older Advocate Award from the Southern Gerontological Society in April 2019.

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Special Thanks to Judith D. Tamkin

We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.