A Commitment to Service
Matt grew up in McLean, Virginia where his parents taught him about commitment to economic opportunity and community service. His father spent his career in international development and his mother was a lawyer at the Department of Justice and also taught in D.C. public schools. Both taught Matt the importance of service to others and that we all have a responsibility to leave things a little better than we find them.
After graduating from Duke University, Matt began his career teaching in Houston’s Fifth Ward, the hometown of civil rights leader, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. He went on to attend the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. Having earned his J.D., Matt worked as an attorney for municipalities and school districts in California before moving to Iowa in 2003 to work for former Secretary of State John Kerry’s campaign for President.
Following the 2004 election, Matt returned to Austin, working as Chief of Staff for a Texas State Representative and then as a municipal attorney, before coming home to Washington in 2008 to work for Feeding America, the country’s network of food banks, seeking to end hunger in America. Since returning to the Washington area, Matt’s work has continued his commitment to economic and educational opportunity.
Matt worked as an advocate for Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together on low-income homeownership. More recently, he worked at the Education Trust to eliminate the achievement and opportunity gaps that leave far too many students without the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century economy. He now works for the National Indian Education Association, where he serves as Legislative Director, seeking to improve educational opportunity and outcomes for Native American students.
Matt moved from D.C. to Arlington in 2013, settling in Courthouse, where he has continued to focus on economic opportunity and service. He joined the County’s Housing Commission in 2013 and Arlington Public Schools Budget Advisory Council in 2014. Matt is a 2015 Leadership Arlington Graduate and a 2016 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. He also serves on the Joint Facilities Advisory Board, which brings Arlington County, Arlington Public Schools, and the community together to plan for our future.
Matt has served as a Precinct Captain, Area Chair, and, most recently, as Joint Campaign Co-Chair to elect Democrats from the School Board all the way to the Governor’s Mansion. He believes in the Democratic Party because Democratic values are the ones he has been taught and lived. He is a 2015 Leadership Arlington Graduate, a 2016 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, and a 2017 graduate of Arlington Neighborhood College.
A Love for Arlington County
Matt loves living in Arlington and is hoping, soon, to become a dog owner. He is committed to the core services that make our County a great place to live: economic opportunity, great schools, an excellent transportation system, housing affordability, a safe and inclusive community, a nationally recognized park system, and forward-thinking policies to address climate change.
Matt is running for County Board to keep Arlington a great place by investing in economic opportunity. As a lifelong advocate for the American Dream, he is committed to serving others and believes that Arlington must bring the values that make us such a great place to the new challenges we face over the years to come.
Matt is committed to running a campaign that is worthy of all of the extraordinary people in Arlington County.