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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Appoints Experienced Advocates to Aging and Veterans Affairs Posts

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WASHINGTON) -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that he would appoint two advocates with extensive experience in their fields to direct the D.C. Office on Aging and the Office of Veterans Affairs.

John Thompson will head the Office on Aging and Matthew Cary is the pick for the Veterans’ Affairs post.

“These two advocates have long worked for the betterment of our senior citizens and our veterans,” said Mayor Gray. “I’m proud they are willing to leave private-sector organizations to help ensure that our seniors and veterans here in the District get the services and support they need.”

John Thompson is the Senior Policy Advisor for the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities and the Director of the National Aging Information & Referral Support Center. He has worked in multiple capacities in the health-care world, including in private health, public health and health-care education. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Carolina, master’s degrees in health-services management and business administration from Webster University; and a Ph.D. in health services from Walden University. He is a Ward 5 resident.

Matthew Cary has nearly four decades of experience in public policy and advocacy, including his most recent position as the founding President and Executive Director of Military Families for Progress, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that advocated on a number of issues important to veterans and veterans’ families. He has previously served in a number of advocacy and public-policy roles in the public and private sectors. He has a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in urban affairs from American University. He lives in Ward 1.

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