Matt Williams currently serves as the Vice President of National Advocacy and Partnerships for KnowledgeWorks. In this role, he is responsible for directing both federal and state relations on behalf of the Foundation. Matt assists the various divisions, subsidiaries, and major investments of KnowledgeWorks in building and maintaining relationships to advance their initiatives and also directs the advancement of policy priorities and thought leadership for the Foundation. Prior to his current role, Matt served as Senior Director of National Advocacy and Partnerships for KnowledgeWorks and prior to that Director of Public Affairs. In both roles, he built the Foundation's policy and advocacy presence at the federal and state levels. Matt also served as the foundation officer for the Foundation. In this role, he was responsible for assisting the President & CEO by leading and providing support for priority initiatives, communicating on the vision and strategies of the Foundation nationally, and managing the relationship with the Board of Directors. Matt joined the Foundation in 2006 as a Program Officer in college and career access, providing leadership for the national community college initiative Achieving the Dream, P-16, and other college and career access programming. He is the former Director for GEAR UP Waco a comprehensive, collaborative grant project focused on increasing college access in Waco, Texas. In addition, Matt was an instructor in the Civic Education Department at Baylor University where he taught leadership and service learning courses. Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science in Education from Baylor University. Matt currently serves on the One-to-One Institute Board. He is a former board member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills serving as both vice chair and treasurer. He has served on the Texas Governor's Advisory Council for Mentoring (Governors Bush and Perry), as well as advisory councils on after-school programming for the National Mentoring Partnership and the National League of Cities and has worked on advocacy initiatives with the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships.