Before coming to the Bureau, for fifteen years Mr. Matthews led the 495/MetroWest Partnership, a public-private nonprofit addressing the policy and development needs of 35 communities. Under his leadership, the Partnership provided key policy expertise to foster collaborations between legislators, municipal officials, business executives, and other regional institutions on a wide range of issues, including transportation, economic development, workforce, housing, water resources, and infrastructure. In his previous roles as then-State Representative Harriette Chandler’s Chief of Staff and the Worcester Regional Chamber’s Director of Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Matthews worked with Worcester’s municipal, private sector, and legislative leadership on initiatives such as commuter rail, brownfields, education, the airport, the convention center, and economic development. His leadership on public policy and regional issues have led Mr. Matthews to be appointed by both Governor Baker and previously Governor Patrick to serve on the state’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council, which oversees the state’s tax incentive program. He served a member and coordinator for the 495/MetroWest Suburban Edge Community Commission, which conducted an examination of suburban development needs and opportunities. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack appointed him to serve on the Advisory Committees for the East West Rail Study, examining the potential of rail service from Springfield and Western Massachusetts to Boston, and the Rail Vision Plan, which called for expanded commuter rail operations.
He has been honored as a Worcester Business Journal “Forty Under 40” award winner and has been a recipient of the MetroWest Regional Collaborative’s Regional Spirit Award and Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission’s Community Leadership Award. He holds degrees from Colby College in Government and Biology, was selected in a national competition to be a Ford Foundation Fellow on Regional Sustainable Development, and earned his professional certification as a non-profit executive from the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organizational Management (IOM). Beyond his professional responsibilities, Mr. Matthews is Worcester native and resident who is active in a number of community organizations and has two teenage children.