Patricia J. Matson
Joined the amfAR board in December 1998 and was elected a vice chairman in April 2002. Serves on executive and board development committees. Expertise in strategic
Since March 2001, Ms. Matson has
been a consultant to The Walt Disney Co. Prior to her role as consultant, she was
the senior vice president for communications for ABC, Inc., as well as 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, as well as
the University of Nebraska’s Alumni Achievement Award.
Senior Vice President, Communications, ABC, Inc. (emerita); currently, consultant to The Walt Disney
Co. She and her husband, Edward Gottesman, live in New York City and London.