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Matt Severson
Matt Severson

Matt Severson

The School Fund

Palo Alto, CA USA

"Education is more than just sitting at a desk and learning what the teacher's saying-it's how you live life, it's your whole set of experiences."

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Matt's work combines: Education, Non-Profit Organizations, and Helping People

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Day In The Life


I run a non-profit raising scholarship money for secondary school students in the developing world.

My Day to Day

I do partnerships for some of Google's earliest-stage products and initiatives and I also serve as Chair of the Board for The School Fund, an international nonprofit raising scholarship money for secondary school students in the developing world.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Environmental Design/Architecture

    Brown University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Fundraisers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Small Business Administration/Management

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    After he graduated from high school, he took a trip to Tanzania.

  • 2.

    There, he met a young man who dreamed of becoming Tanzania's president, but couldn't afford high school.

  • 3.

    He had a huge epiphany and realized that in the U.S., we take going to school and college for granted.

  • 4.

    As a result of that interaction, Matt started The School Fund, which helps connect donors with students in third-world countries.

  • 5.

    In 2010, he was granted an Outstanding Commitment Award grant from the Clinton Global Initiative University.

  • 6.

    He was hired by Google to work on their new business development team.

  • 7.

    Says the great thing about being a young person is that you can jump into anything without worrying about roadblocks down the line.

  • 8.

    Urges road-trippers to figure out what they're passionate about, and then to just dive right in.