amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Patricia J. Matson

MATSON -- final.jpgJoined the amfAR board in December 1998. Elected vice chairman in April 2002. Co-chairs the board development committee. Serves on the communications/social media/marketing and executive committees. Expertise in strategic communications. Since March 2001, Ms. Matson has been a consultant to The Walt Disney Company. Prior to her role as consultant, she was the senior vice president of communications for ABC, Inc., and was the company’s chief spokesperson.

She joined ABC Television as director of news information in Washington, D.C., and after several promotions was named a corporate officer of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., in 1986. Prior to joining ABC, she served as press secretary and administrative aide to U.S. Representative John Y. McCollister, as press assistant and speech writer at the White House (1973–1977), and as press secretary to the Republican Senatorial Committee. She has received the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, and the University of Nebraska’s Alumni Achievement Award.

Consultant, The Walt Disney Company; Senior Vice President (emeritus), Communications, ABC, Inc. She and her husband, Edward Gottesman, live in New York City and London, England.