Meet Matt James. I first met Matt when he moved from the public sector into the world of the non-profit – his “second act.” The new foundation president was transforming a grassroots community-based foundation to a health policy think tank organization and the president brought him on board to help make those major and innovative changes. I asked to work with Matt. Wish was granted. We clicked and it was a great ride.
Matt was an integral part of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s leadership team for 19 years, serving most recently as executive vice president. At Kaiser, Matt helped develop ground-breaking public education projects in partnership with national and international media companies, including the highly regarded nonprofit health news service, Kaiser Health News. Matt is what I affectionately call a “hill rat.” Prior to joining Kaiser, he worked in national politics as a senior aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas, and Representative Morris K. Udall of Arizona. Matt was appointed by President Clinton to the board of the Morris K. Udall Foundation, is past-chairman of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Board of the National Wildlife Federation and on the board of the CDC Foundation.
Now Matt is on to his “third act” as a founding board member of a new nonprofit, The Center for the Next Generation, or TCNG. Matt serves as President and CEO and TCNG’s website will officially launch mid-September. Read our profile of Matt. You’ll be as impressed with him as are all the Bette Boomer team members.