Matt Horton is the director of state policy and initiatives for Accelerator for America. In this role he interacts with government officials, impact investment and other community leaders in building capacity toward shaping infrastructure, jobs creation, and equitable community development efforts. Over the past fifteen years, Matt has worked to direct research driven programs and initiatives to develop public policy that impacts housing production, infrastructure finance, enhance access to capital, create jobs and other economic development strategies. Previously, Matt was the director of the California Center at the Milken Institute. There, he produced research, programs, and events designed to inform and activate innovative economic policy solutions to support job creation and infrastructure development as a catalyst to supporting resilient growth. Before, Matt worked for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization. There, Matt served as the primary point of contact for external and government affairs, coordinating regional policy development with local elected officials, state, and federal stakeholders. In this role, he developed plans with leaders across Southern California to plan for growth, build resiliency, and improve quality of life throughout the region.
Matt is a Senior Advisor for the Milken Institute and a member of the California Economic Mobility and Entrepreneurship task force and participates on a number of advisory boards including: Lift to Rise; and WorkingNation. Matt earned an MA in political science from California State University, Fullerton and a BA in history from Azusa Pacific University.