Every Oregonian should have a place to call home. Matt’s work focuses on helping Oregonians with disabilities access housing. He advocates for the rights of tenants requesting reasonable accommodations and assists tenants involved in disability-related evictions. To help bring about broader change, he seeks to elevate the needs of individuals with disabilities in local and state housing policies.
His interest in housing issues is deeply rooted in community service. As a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest, he lived for a year in a community dedicated to social justice while assisting the homeless population in Anchorage, Alaska.
He received his B.A. in urban studies and political science from Stanford University in 2005, and his J.D. from Gonzaga University in 2011. Previously, he served as law clerk to Justices Rebecca Duncan and Meagan Flynn on the Oregon Court of Appeals and to Judge Douglas Van Dyk in Clackamas County Circuit Court. He has also worked as a court-appointed criminal defense attorney. As a law student, he received the Thomas More Scholarship, awarded to students dedicated to pursuing a career in public service. During law school, he interned for the ACLU of Alaska and the Oregon Law Center. Matt was born and raised in Oregon.