Matt Kaczmarek is vice president on the Global Credit investment team at BlackRock. He leads global initiatives for the chief investment officer to evolve the team’s investment and risk management processes and integrate sustainable investing practices. He is a member of the firm’s geopolitical risk steering committee, inclusion and diversity committee, LGBT employee network, and BlackRock Alternative Investors’ sustainable investment team.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Matt held successive appointments in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, including as senior advisor to the Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, Secretary of State John Kerry’s White House Liaison, and country director for South America on the National Security Council. Prior to serving in the White House, Matt was international economist and deputy director of the Latin America office of the U.S. Treasury Department, where he worked during the global financial crisis and represented the United States in international economic negotiations, to the international financial institutions (the IMF, World Bank, and IDB), and on the G-20’s Financial Inclusion Experts Group. He began his career as executive fellow to the State Treasurer of California.
Matt is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also managed or advised political campaigns throughout his career and currently serves on the national LGBT Victory Fund’s candidate endorsement committee.
Matt received his BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was president of the University of California Student Association, and MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he was editor-in-chief of the SAIS Review of International Affairs.
This course provides an introduction to the political institutions and processes through which public policy is made and implemented in the United States (although the key concepts are applicable to other political systems as well). The course also introduces students to the tools of policy analysis. The first half of the course presents the major models of policymaking and policy analysis. The second half of the course applies these concepts to specific policy areas such as health, education, and environment, as illustrated by real-world case studies. The course emphasizes written and oral communication through the development of professional memo-writing and presentation skills.