Cheryl Matheis is Senior Principal and Counsel in AARP State and National Group. In this role, she advises AARP executive management on key issues relating to social impact objectives, based on her expertise, extensive history in AARP and her broad range of external relationships.
Previously, she was Senior Vice-President in AARP Policy, Strategy, and International Affairs. Her department guided AARP's overall efforts to achieve quality, affordable health care for all Americans, to allow people to receive long term services in the settings they prefer, and to improve health status.
From 1999 to 2004, she was the Director of State Affairs. In that position, she led AARP's national program of state governmental advocacy, overseeing a 20-person office that guided the activities of AARP’s 53 state and territorial offices.
Prior to that, she was a legislative representative on the Federal Affairs Health Team, in which she coordinated management of AARP's regulatory efforts.
Before coming to AARP, she was a practicing attorney focusing on health care issues. Cheryl received a BA from Manhattanville College and a law degree from Catholic University, where she was a member of the Law Review.