Matt serves as the President of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, one of Minnesota’s largest chambers, with more than 900 members representing business and tourism sectors. He brings significant experience in rural philanthropy from the Minnesota Initiative Foundations, where he led the foundation's fund development and marketing efforts as its Vice President of External Relations. His background also includes experience in marketing, management, economic development, fundraising and external relations from various positions.
Matt holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mass communications from St. Cloud State University. He also completed executive training at the Anderson Center for Management and Leadership Development. He currently serves on the boards of the Christian Business Men’s Connection, Region 5 Children’s Museum, National Loon Center Foundation and Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives.