Matthew Spector is a Senior Consultant at the management consultancy SYPartners, and a Visiting Researcher in policy at the Harvard University 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, economic t 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 in political and civil society disciplines at the social engagement firm Shepardson Stern + Kaminsky for clients including Obama for America, and led a creative and development teams as a director at the Havas Group for clients including I Love New York and Global Citizen. Matthew was a member of the Hillary for America technology and innovation advisory 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 to advance the next generation of children’s rights, and operationalizing UNHCR’s innovation lab during the height of the Syrian diaspora. 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 developed policy guidance around technology, net neutrality, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, and political gerrymandering. At Harvard, he served as the launch content lead for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Defending Digital Democracy Project, helping deploy playbooks and exercises to strengthen state and local election cybersecurity, and build the resiliency of campaign information systems. He concurrently researched political communications, dis- and misinformation, and digital disruptions of democracy for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center and digitalHKS. His strategic policy work included guiding Boston Public Schools to build a more equitable operational plan to enable fairer access to education, and aiding the United States Digital Service’s V.A. unit in a strategy to expand digital access 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.