“I champion children because the opportunities and experiences that people have as children leave a mark on them and their trajectories as adults.”
Matt Hoerauf, associate program officer, supports the Foundation’s K-12 Education work.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2014, Matt worked for a decade in nonprofit administration at a number of organizations in metro Detroit and throughout the Midwest. A passion for diversity and inclusion has been a constant theme in his work. Notable highlights include creating a business plan and site expansion for a Native American earned-income venture in northern Minnesota for which he received Minnesota’s Rural Entrepreneur Award in 2002, raising over half a million dollars for the creation of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, and co-authoring and editing a report “Struggles and Triumphs of Peoples of Color in Michigan” with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on behalf of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion in Detroit. The report won an award from the Public Relations Society of America – Western Michigan Chapter in 2012. Such writing and editing has been strongly evident throughout Matt’s career. His work is cited in the Foundation Center’s Issue Lab, Michigan State University Extension Office, and in the Journal of the History of Biology.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American Studies from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, and a Master of Arts degree in History from Wayne State University. He has served on boards, committees, and workgroups pertaining to summer enrichment, safety and chronic absence in Detroit, and Native American issues.
Matt enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.
Areas of expertise:
Chronic absence, particularly the elements outside of school that impact this issue.
How I can help partners:
Answering initial grant inquiries and making connections between partners.
A quote that describes my outlook:
“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
How I reenergize:
Spending time outdoors, and watching my own children learn new things.