With more than 20 years experience navigating consumer, regulatory and legislative issues surrounding food, agriculture and nutrition, Matt leads IDFA’s communications and public affairs activities, with a particular focus on advancing IDFA’s advocacy priorities. Matt brings a results-based approach to strategic communications planning, implementation and reporting, and has strong relationships with media, policymakers, and thought leaders in the food and agriculture space.
Previously, Matt served as Managing Director, Communications for The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s most renowned institutions with a legacy in global food security. Prior to that, Matt was Senior Vice President with Story Partners public affairs in Washington, DC, where he founded and managed the agency’s food, nutrition, and trade practice, working with trade associations, food companies, and foundations. He served in the Obama Administration, first as press director and spokesperson for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and then as communications director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Secretary Tom Vilsack. Matt also led communications and media relations for Oxfam America, served as speechwriter and spokesperson for USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service as a civil servant, and worked as a newspaper and magazine reporter. He holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and an MA from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.