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Matt Michels

Passion.  Skills.  Experience.

Seasoned program manager with 10 years’ experience in education, youth, and peacebuilding, working at both local and global levels on development and crisis response

Peace & Progress


These are both the values that animate me and the goals that motivate me. In an increasingly universalized world, with shared problems and shared opportunities, the world we build should speak to and work for everyone. I choose to work in peacebuilding and development to build bridges between people and advance a more just world.

Vision, Action,



My work is purposeful and deliberate. I use participatory methods, pragmatic approaches, and forward thinking to turn vision into action, and action into real and sustainable results. It’s not enough for me to check boxes on a list or to organize projects without clearly defined outcomes. I look to have impact, and to direct that impact toward clear goals.


to Local


We need to value, energize, and mobilize actors from all levels, and understand how actions at each level affect and reinforce actions at all others. I get this 360-degree perspective from working with diverse actors, from startups and community groups, to the UN and international NGOs, on both realizing programs and shaping policy discourses.