President and CEO
Health Facilities Association of Maryland
Joseph DeMattos has nearly three decades of experience working in the fields of communications, community outreach and government relations. Much of that has been spent serving and representing senior citizens.
Before being named president of Health Facilities Association of Maryland, the oldest and largest nationally affiliated association representing skilled nursing and assisted living centers in the state, a position he took in 2009, he was associate state director for AARP in Hawaii, where he was born, and then state director of the AARP in Maryland.
The work he did during the pandemic, DeMattos said, will be the most consequential work of his career. However, he added:. “Throughout my career in state government, the labor movement in the private sector, in AARP leadership, and here at HFAM, I am also proud of my work to support workers, increase access to care and prescription medication, and to fight for adequate funding for quality care.”
His mentors, he said, have taught him many valuable life lessons, among them: Put people first, focus on and nurture relationships, be driven by governing values, and take action every day toward your goals.
A graduate of the University of Hawaii who holds a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University, DeMattos also has studied at the University of Pennsylvania’s Warton School of Business.