Matt was born the first of 10 children in Millstone, New Jersey to his father, a teacher and World War II veteran and his mother, who cared for the children and was mayor of their small town on and off for over 20 years. He spent most of his time outdoors playing sports, camping and fishing. Later he played cornerback for his high school football team which led to a scholarship–his only opportunity to attend college–to play at Upsala College, where he majored in Fine Arts.
After college, Matt joined the Peace Corps and taught bricklaying and masonry in Ghana in the late ‘70s. During the Peace Corp training, he met his wife, Louise, with whom he moved to Falmouth in 1980 to start a family. Matt began working as a plumber, a carpenter, starting his own solar panel installation business. He volunteered to lead several environmental and preservation efforts on Cape Cod around the Waquoit Bay area and beyond. He was instrumental in the passage of the Cape Cod Commission Act and the acquisition of open space to preserve and protect the Quashnet River in Falmouth and Mashpee. In his professional life, he directed the non-profit energy advocacy and loan organization, Self-Reliance and was elected first as a Falmouth Town Meeting Representative and later a two term Falmouth Selectman, serving as Chairman of the Board for one year.
In 2001, Matt was elected as the 3rd Barnstable District’s State Representative, an office through which he served for 10 years. During that time, he was the sponsor of legislation to help grow the clean energy opportunities for people all across the Commonwealth, spur economic growth for local businesses, support public health and safety and increase the value of his district.
Matt still lives in Waquoit and is still involved in the community.