Matthew Segal is the co-founder and president of OurTime.org, the nation’s largest advocacy organization for young Americans. In this capacity, he leads campaigns to expand job opportunities, voting rights, and civic education among his generation while devising strategic partnerships with media brands to enhance the voice of his peers. Matthew is also a regular TV commentator, contributing most frequently to MSNBC, and has appeared on The TODAY Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, and the CBS Evening News among several other cable and broadcast news programs.
Matthew became a political activist at Kenyon College in Ohio, when his campus polling place experienced the longest voting lines in the 2004 presidential election. He testified to Congress at age 19 to discuss ballot access for young Americans, and soon after founded the Student Association for Voter Empowerment (SAVE) at age 21, which quickly expanded to 40 college campuses in more than 15 states. At SAVE, Matthew moderated regular events with presidential candidates, elected officials, and media leaders to raise awareness of the public policy concerns facing young Americans.
In early 2009, Matthew co-founded the 80 Million Strong Coalition, the largest campaign of organizations in the United States committed to addressing youth unemployment and other economic challenges facing individuals under 30. In this capacity, Matthew spearheaded a national jobs summit of hundreds of young leaders on Capitol Hill, provided testimony to the House Education and Labor Committee, and was the only young entrepreneur invited to attend President Obama’s high profile meetings with CEOs and Fortune 500 executives about jobs and economic growth.
Matthew was recently named one of 2013’s Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Junior Chamber and is also a recipient of the 2013 National Merit Award from the U.S Vote Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Overseas Vote Foundation as well as Generations United, was a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and previously served on Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s voting commission.
Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College in 2008, is a native of Chicago, IL, and currently resides in Washington, DC.
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