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  • DAVID A. MATOS, JR.

    David Matos, Jr., founder and president of The Matos Group, is a seasoned government relations professional with thirty years of experience in government and community affairs. He has an extensive public policy background having served as a senior legislative staff member and a key advisor on major New Jersey public policy issues with an emphasis on health care, transportation, telecommunications, homeland security and urban affairs. His knowledge of the inner workings of the legislature and executive agencies, coupled with his vast network of resources and contacts, both in and outside of government, have made him one of the most sought after public affairs strategists in New Jersey. Among the major policy initiatives he has managed are the creation and renewal of the Transportation Trust Fund, the NJ Telecommunications Act of 1992, the Heath Care Reform Act of 1992, the Family Development Plan (welfare reform) and the ban on assault weapons. As chief of staff to the State Attorney General, he managed of one of the largest and most functionally diverse AG departments in the nation. Matos also served as chief of staff for the cabinet level Department of the Public Advocate, where he guided the agency to a record budget increase after two consecutive years of budget reductions and rumors of the department’s elimination.

    Matos has served as Managing Director of State Relations for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), the nation's largest public university of the health sciences. While there, he is credited with developing and managing the strategy which saved the university from being dissolved in a merger plan strongly supported by the Governor. The following year, he was instrumental in securing for UMDNJ one of the largest budget increases awarded to any agency, even in the face of a significant state budget deficit. Prior to that, he was the Associate Dean for Planning and Institutional Advancement of the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was also Assistant Professor of Family Medicine. While at the school, Matos was responsible for developing its strategic plan. He also conceived and was Principal Investigator of the Interdisciplinary Health Care Institute, a unique program which prepares medical, dental and other health care professionals to work collaboratively as a team in primary and specialty care delivery in various settings.

    Matos is a graduate of Rutgers College and the Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work, where he received a Masters degree in administration and planning. He is also a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. He has been manager or senior advisor for over a dozen local, legislative and statewide political campaigns. Matos has achieved a number of "firsts" in his career including being the first Latino to head a municipal department in the City of Camden. Matos is active in the community, serving on a number of boards of directors including the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, CeasefireNJ, the Boys and Girls Club of Camden and the Southern New Jersey Development Council. He has been the emergency management coordinator for the Borough of Medford Lakes where he has also served as a captain in the volunteer fire department.