Matthew J. Camp is founding Director of Government Relations for Teachers College, Columbia University, where he coordinates College advocacy to city, state, and federal officials. Matt holds a PhD in Politics & Education from Columbia; his dissertation is on how and why colleges lobby. He is on the board of the Citizens Committee for New York Young Citizens Committee, and the Morningside Area Alliance. He runs CivicList.org, an independent newsletter to build community and uplift voices. He was named one of New York’s 40 under 40 by City & State magazine in 2018. He volunteers as an SAT, GED, and ESL teacher, and with Team Rubicon.
As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization. Wagner's Capstone program provides students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.