Mary Matalin and John Ray join the Cheney Cardiovascular Institute Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2008 Contact: Anne Banner 202-994-2261

WASHINGTON, DC – The GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute today announced that Mary Matalin and John Ray have joined the Institute’s Board of Directors. As directors, they will help shape strategic direction for the Institute.

“Mary Matalin’s experience in public affairs and media will be a valued addition to the Institute as we build our organization and educate communities nationwide about the research, education and outreach work of the Institute.  Her voice will amplify our messages and be invaluable in connecting the Institute to larger medical and public communities.  We also remain absolutely committed to the Washington, DC community and as a respected leader in the Washington, DC community, the Honorable John Ray will bring to the Institute the knowledge and support needed to launch our community outreach efforts,” said Dr. Richard J. Katz, Director of the Institute and Director of the Division of Cardiology.

Mary Matalin has experience in politics, public affairs, and media that spans three decades and multiple presidents. She has served Presidents Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, and joined the current administration in the first term as Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President. She served as senior advisor on major initiatives, including national security, homeland security, energy, economic growth and corporate governance policies. Matalin is currently Editor-in-Chief of Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster and First Vice President of Washington Humane Society.  She also makes frequent television appearances as a political commentator.

John Ray is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, the national law and consulting firm, and represents clients in their relations with the United States Government and with state and local governments.  He also provides legal counsel in healthcare, banking, telecommunications, real estate, land use, historic preservation and general corporate law. Ray’s involvement in local, national and international affairs and the political processes of Washington spans the past 27 years. He has a long record of leadership in Democratic Party activities. Ray served as an at-large member of the District of Columbia City Council for eighteen years.

About the Cheney Cardiovascular Institute
The Cheney Cardiovascular Institute at The George Washington University was established in 2006. The Institute’s mission is to promote clinical research, education, patient care and community service with the goal of accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, reducing mortality and improving the quality of life of Americans with cardiovascular disease. For more information, please visit: www.gwheartandvascular.org.