Matt recently started his role as state specialist, based on UNH’s Durham campus, where he will help to lead Extension’s programming in economic development. His areas of focus will include business expansion and retention, entrepreneurial ecosystem development, workforce development, industry sector development, main street vitality, and regional economic development.
Matt has worked for over a dozen years working in economic development programs around Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He is originally from rural Michigan and maintains a deep passion for working with rural, remote communities to help them build vibrant local economies. In fact, Matt’s time working in international development gave him opportunities to work in rural places around the world to combat poverty, support agricultural development for smallholder farmers, preserve water resources, and increase economic and social opportunities for disadvantaged women.
Matt’s particular expertise is with Market System Development (MSD), an approach that helps economic sectors grow while enhancing the ways that communities interact with the markets that provide them with jobs, income and access to services.
Other previous roles that Matt has held over the past twelve years include Deputy Chief of Party for Mercy Corps in Amman, Jordan; Wealth Generation Pathways Technical Advisory for Project Concern International; and Country Director of Action for Enterprise in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Matt holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.