Matt Pritchard is the President and Executive Director of HomeStart. Matt’s commitment of serving Greater Boston’s most vulnerable neighbors began in the late 90’s when, while leading the social enterprises and training programs within a Boston-based homeless shelter, Matt moved into the bunks of the shelter for 12 months to better understand the path and challenges associated with homelessness. Since that time, Matt has worked in leadership and operational roles within the social sector with a focus on social innovation and scaling social impact. “HomeStart is the most proficient organization in New England at placing and stabilizing homeless families and individuals into permanent housing, and our innovative work in preventing homelessness is stunning. HomeStart’s unique, three-prong approach of prevention, housing placement, and stabilization is showing that a net-negative growth rate of homelessness is possible. We are on the path to permanently end homelessness, and that work could not be more thrilling!”
Prior to joining HomeStart, Matt served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Victory Programs, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organization with 18 programs dedicated to helping homeless individuals and families with varying disabilities and chronic health issues. Matt also worked with REDF, a San Francisco-based venture philanthropist that launches social-cause business ventures, a Cambridge, MA-based family foundation where he led consulting engagements with clients across the arenas of homeless services, education, and community organizing, and Youth Villages, an innovative child welfare organization that strengthens youth who are aging out of the foster care system and restores families who are otherwise likely to be disrupted by residential treatment.
Matt holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Business from Wheaton College (IL) and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He lives with his family in Dorchester, MA, and is involved in foster care advocacy as well as supporting social entrepreneurs in Boston and various other community building activities including consulting to a Social Innovation Award recipient with Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum.