Matthew Klein is the Executive Director and first staff person of Blue Ridge Foundation New York. Blue Ridge operates as an incubator, identifying innovative, high-potential ideas and transforming them into institutions that demonstrate practical, effective solutions to social problems. The Foundation is associated with Blue Ridge Capital, an investment firm in New York City. Matt is also an adjunct professor at NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches courses on venture philanthropy and the nonprofit capital market.
Matt’s experience prior to Blue Ridge includes work in non-profit management and civil rights law. He helped co-found Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), a Connecticut-based youth development agency, performed legal work with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for the Honorable Robert L. Carter, one of the principal litigating attorneys in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit.
Matt currently serves on several local and national nonprofit boards, including iMentor (founding member), Groundwork (founding chair), Community Service Society, Campaign for Community Change, Single Stop USA (founding member), Preparatory Charter Schools (Uncommon Schools network), Achievement First Apollo (Achievement First network), and the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. He has been a fellow of Echoing Green and the Next Generation Leadership program of the Rockefeller Foundation and is a member of the bar in New York and Massachusetts. Matt attended the Boston Public Schools, Yale College and Yale Law School.