Cheryl has more than 25 years’ experience leading campaigns, developing and implementing strategies that achieve consumer, provider and business goals.
As AARP’s Senior Principal and Counsel for External Affairs, Cheryl engaged policymakers, business leaders, academics, editorial writers and opinion media on critical issues of importance to older Americans. She has appeared on major national, regional and local broadcast news outlets (including CBS, NBC, ABC, NPR) and conducted print interviews with The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and key papers covering health and financial issues in many states.
Cheryl conceived and directed campaigns on Health Reform and on Medicare Part D Implementation that defied predictions by closing the Medicare prescription coverage gap, limiting age rating, and persuading millions of skeptical Americans to enroll in and benefit from previously unavailable coverage for prescription medications. She led AARP’s State Affairs group, and previously was a federal health care representative, participating in several negotiated rulemakings in which she brokered agreements with industry and government that protected consumers.
Cheryl received numerous awards during her AARP career, including an award for Outstanding Association Achievement for her leadership in developing the Health Strategy for AARP’s Boomer Project, which set the course for changes needed to attract a new generation to join AARP.
Previously, Cheryl practiced law, representing businesses and health care providers and insurers. Earlier she was a research analyst in the US Department of Justice.
Cheryl Matheis is a graduate of Manhattanville College and Catholic University Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. Cheryl is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia federal and local courts and the United States Supreme Court.