Matt serves as a policy associate in the Biloxi office where his primary focus is assisting in the development of statewide policy campaigns. He holds both Bachelor and Master’s of Arts degrees in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. A native of Biloxi, Matt is deeply committed to a sustainable Gulf Coast. He conducted primary research and analysis for a major post-Katrina resilience study and also received recognition from the Keesler Air Force Base Command for his service in post-Katrina clean-up activities on the coast.
Following the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, and up until December of 2011, he served as research associate for a state-funded grant assessing the economic impacts of this tragedy on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Matt’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill research was published and can be found in “President Obama’s Handling of the Gulf Oil Spill: Leadership and Accountability, with Brian Richard, and Judging Obama: A Midterm Assessment”. When not engaged in research, he volunteers for organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Public Agenda, etc. He currently resides in Biloxi with his wife and their two dogs; and teaches American Government at nearby University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.