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Described as "a proud Jew and a true mensch," Matthew began his involvement with Jewish advocacy in college at the University of Illinois. Since then, he has worked to fight the BDS movement on campus by mentoring Jewish student leaders.
In law school, he was the president of the Jewish Law Student Association. He supports young lawyers in their careers as he pursues a career in the anti-trust field - a small, competitive area that focuses on justice for the American consumer.
He became involved with JUF through LEADS, a program that he first attended, then volunteered to lead. This led to his involvement on the board of Young Leadership Division (YLD), where he later became the Gesher committee leader twice and the chair of YLD's Business Professional Network (BPN).
He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and is working to reinvigorate the Jewish community post-pandemic.
Trial Attorney at U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
ON THE SIDE:
Board member, mentor, rec league softball player, and indoor gardener
HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK:
Professionally, I'm a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, where I work to promote economic competition through enforcing antitrust laws. Personally, I volunteer much of my free time to supporting Chicago's Jewish community. I am the JUF YLD Executive Vice President, chair its Business Professional Network, have led Gesher (JUF's volunteer leadership development program), and hosted tables at the Big Event fundraiser.
SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME:
I was featured in Jewish Chicago magazine for growing lemon trees indoors. I started growing them from seeds in 2015.
A JEW WHO INSPIRES YOU:
My parents, who emphasize Jewish values and community in both their professional and personal lives.