My Story

I was born and raised in Atlanta. My parents taught me to work hard in public school, to serve my community, and to get involved at my church-- a place I returned every Sunday to sit alongside my grandmom.

I received an incredible education from APS, one that sent me to Princeton University, where I majored in History and served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian. My experience in APS opened the doors for me to do absolutely anything I wanted to do. But that was not an opportunity provided to all Atlanta’s kids. And so after college, I came home to teach at Carver Early College High School in Southeast Atlanta-- because I believe every child deserves the excellent education that will open up real opportunity and choice in life.

In 2013, I ran for the Atlanta Board of Education to help heal a school system fractured by a cheating scandal, accreditation crisis, painful redistricting process, and widespread dysfunction at the central office. That same year, I joined the staff of Horizons Atlanta as Program Director, overseeing nine sites providing summer enrichment programming to students from Atlanta's underserved communities.

Three years ago, I was elected to a citywide seat on the Atlanta City Council, where I serve as Chair of our Community Development and Human Services Committee. I also sit on Council’s Finance and Transportation Committees, as well as on the Board of Directors for Invest Atlanta and the Atlanta BeltLine. 

I've previously worked for Atlanta Regional Commission and in the D.C. Office of Congressman John Lewis, and am a proud alum of LEAD Atlanta, New Leaders Council-Atlanta, and the ARC Millennial Advisory Commission. A lifelong and active member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, I live in Midtown.

Please don't ever hesitate to reach out--

Matt
404.408.0980
matt@mattwestmoreland.com

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