Born and raised in Ohio, Matt attended Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. in Archaeology and a concentration in Architectural Design in 2001. Thereafter, Matt worked for 5 years in project management for Suffolk Construction in Boston on a variety of urban projects, before attending the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he obtained a foundation certificate in Architectural Design. Returning from the United Kingdom in 2006, Matt worked for a Washington, D.C.-based social venture capital firm focussing on affordable housing and housing finance in West Africa, spending most of the last five years in Monrovia, Liberia and Accra, Ghana, developing projects backed by the International Finance Corporation and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, while assessing commercial and residential projects elsewhere across sub-Saharan Africa. Matt enrolled in the MSRED program in order to deepen his technical knowledge of real estate venture financing and broaden his exposure to other aspects of the real estate profession. After MIT, Matt would like to focus on developing commercial and urban real estate in emerging markets, capitalizing on his years of experience initiating and executing projects in both mature and frontier property markets.