Matt graduated from Northern Montana College (now called Montana State Northern) in 1990 with a Bachelor’s of Business Technology. Immediately upon graduating Matt and his new wife, Judith, moved from Havre, Montana to Portland to continue their education. In 1994 Matt earned an MBA from University of Portland and later earned a Master’s of Science in Accounting from American Public University in 2015. Matt and his family moved to Gresham in 1996 seeking a city in which to raise kids. Gresham was chosen because of its close proximity to Portland and its reputation for good schools.
Matt and his wife have two daughters, a son and four grandchildren. All of their children were educated in the Gresham Barlow School District and graduated from Gresham High School.
Matt works as an analyst for Portland General Electric and co-owns a couple of Gresham businesses with his wife. He has served on the school board since 2008.