AIRS Webinar - Washington Update 2021 - Stimulus and Recovery
This Washington Update will bring information and referral professionals up to date on the key legislative issues and activities that the new Administration and the 117th Congress are working on in 2021. Bob and Meredith will discuss anticipated policy proposals that may impact the programs and benefits on which many vulnerable Americans rely. Find out how your stories can make a difference in these debates!
- Current legislative proposals for stimulus and recovery
- Describe potential policy proposals that Congress and the President may focus on this year
- Describe recent policy actions that have been taken
- Discuss ways in which I&R professionals can help advocate for federal policy
Meredith Ponder Whitmire
Matz, Blancato and Associates, Washington, District of Columbia
Meredith Whitmire is the Vice President of Matz, Blancato and Associates in Washington, DC. For over eight years, she has specialized in policy analysis and development in the aging and healthcare fields. She attended Georgetown University, where she received her law degree and BA in American Studies. She is passionate about helping people use their personal experiences to advocate for federal policy change. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and playing fetch with her cats.
AIRS President/Vice President for 211
Heart of Florida United Way, Orlando, Florida
Catherine has served in various roles within government and nonprofit sectors, most recently as Heart of Florida United Way's Vice President for 211, and formally as CEO at Community Information and Referral Services (CIR) in Arizona, Director for Livingston County Human Services in Michigan, and as Legislative Aide in the Michigan House of Representatives. Catherine holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University and Masters' Degrees from Arizona State University in Public Administration and Nonprofit Administration. Catherine is the current President of the AIRS Board of Directors and Chairperson of the AIRS Public Policy Committee
Matz, Blancato and Associates
Bob Blancato is the President of Matz, Blancato and Associates in Washington, DC. Bob’s prior work history includes 17 years as a staffer in Congress and an appointment by President Clinton to be the Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, one of four he has participated in. He is passionate about trying to make a difference through public policy advocacy for those who don’t have as strong a voice. In his spare time, he enjoys a good run and escaping to Cape Cod to be near the ocean.