Matthew is a third generation civil rights activist who grew up in Madison, WI to a mixed-race, and politically active family. He has been involved in addressing the systemic racism Madison and Dane County has faced since he graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a degree in Political Science. After graduation he started working for UW-Madison’s PEOPLE Program, a pre-college pipeline program. Matthew is a co-founder of the Young Gifted and Black coalition in 2014, a black queer feminist organization, writes regular columns for a Wisconsin newspaper dedicated to highlighting people of colors voices, Madison365.com. He currently works with a local school district to help teachers better engage with students of color, help them bring in culturally relevant curriculum, and provide direct identity development to their Black student population.