Director of Communications
Matt Wakely has more than 35 years of marketing communications and journalism experience in healthcare, nonprofit and media sectors, spanning brand management, media relations, social and digital marketing, storytelling, analytics, public affairs, shaping organizational culture and strategic partnership development.
Prior to joining Futuro Health, Matt worked with Ascension Health serving as chief communications officer for Ascension Illinois, a health system with 30,000 employees comprised of 19 acute care and specialty hospitals, 230 sites of care and nationally recognized clinical, surgical and behavioral health programs, where he led all integrated communication strategies, including building brand awareness and equity, enhanced audience engagement, improved efficiency and organizational value, advanced strategic priorities and helped improve people’s lives.
Earlier in his career, Matt worked as a journalist covering healthcare and nonprofit issues, including population health management, healthcare technology, clinical research, social injustices and workforce development. Matt holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Communications and Journalism from Loyola University of Chicago and is a Fellowship Graduate of The Advisory Board’s Healthcare Leadership Academy in Washington D.C.