Mateus Baptista - Program Officer

A native of Newark, NJ, Mateus Baptista previously served as Policy Advisor to Mayor Ras J. Baraka. At City Hall, Mateus advised the mayor on public policy and strategic initiatives, particularly the transition of Newark’s public schools from state to local control, and the direction of The Children’s Cabinet, Newark’s collective impact network focusing on cross-sector alignment. Prior to returning home, Mateus worked in the United States Senate for Senator Tammy Baldwin, advising her on the student debt crisis. In the Senate, Mateus wrote legislation that would expand bankruptcy discharge for student loan borrowers.

He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. He also completed his Master’s degree in urban education policy at Brown. Mateus is board chair of New Leaders Council - NJ and is a member on the board of: Newark Thrives!,  My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, and Brown University’s First-Generation Alumni Council.

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