Matthew Spector is a senior strategist at the management consultancy SYPartners, and a researcher at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. A Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, he was most recently a delegate to the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Early in his career, Matthew worked for more than three years with ABC News Radio, ABC News Digital, and Good Morning America, covering topics including the 2007 recession and breaking news. As a Coro Fellow in 2010-2011, he built programs that democratized smart cities technologies, and broadened the ways unions connect their members and the communities they serve. He was a consultant and business development manager at the social engagement firm Shepardson Stern + Kaminsky, and a business development director at the Havas Group. Matthew was a member of the Hillary for America technology and innovation council during the 2016 election cycle, and served on the advisory boards of GSVLabs and Library for All/NABU.
Matthew’s engagements have included advising the global public advocacy team at UNICEF on generating shared understanding around children’s rights, helping I Love New York engage new communities, and operationalizing USA for UNHCR’s New York-based technology and innovation lab The Hive. He has additionally written for and advised private sector clients including Google Nest, Coca-Cola, and LVMH.
In 2017, Matthew was appointed a visiting researcher in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he wrote and researched across technology, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, and political gerrymandering. At Harvard, he served as the launch social and digital lead for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Defending Digital Democracy Project, and researched for Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center and digitalHKS. During his study, his strategic work included guiding Boston Public Schools in building a more equitable operational plan to enable fairer access to education, and guiding the United States Digital Service’s V.A. unit to expand access to digital services for military caregivers.
Matthew graduated with honors from Northwestern University in 2010, where he served as managing editor of the Daily Northwestern, the City of Evanston’s 125-year-old independent newspaper. He earned the master of public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2018, where he served as managing editor at the Kennedy School Reviewpolicy and public affairs journal.