Matan joined JUFJ in June 2020 as a Baltimore Community Organizer, now Maryland Community Organizer. Prior to joining JUFJ in this role, Matan served on the Baltimore JUFJ Leadership Council, as a Co-Chair of the Baltimore Action Team, and was a 2018-2019 Jeremiah Fellow. He is excited to continue working with JUFJ and all of its leaders and partners in this new capacity.
Before working at JUFJ, Matan served as Special Assistant for Research, Advocacy & Public Policy in the Office of State Senator Mary L. Washington. Prior to that, Matan was the Associate Director of Health Policy for Cure Violence Global, an international violence prevention NGO that stops the spread of violence by addressing it as a health issue. Matan has worked on local, state, and federal program and policy initiatives to support evidence-based violence prevention and continues this work as a member of the Maryland Violence Prevention Coalition.
Outside of work, Matan is passionate about supporting youth-focused initiatives and is a long-term volunteer at the Baltimore Youth Kinetic Energy Collective (BYKE), a youth empowerment after-school program centered on personal and professional development through bicycle mechanics and community building. He also really enjoys gardening and being outside. He attended Oberlin College where he graduated with a major in Sociology, minor in Rhetoric and Composition, and a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Matan uses he/him/his pronouns.