About Matt Hammer
Matt Hammer is the founding Executive Director of Innovate Public Schools, a school reform organization working to promote and initiate great public schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, particularly for low-income children. From 2000-2012, Matt was the Executive Director of PACT, People Acting in Community Together, a multi-issue inter-faith organization in Santa Clara County, representing over 50,000 people through 28 member religious congregations and partner schools. Under Matt’s leadership, PACT launched the highest-performing public schools in the Alum Rock School District and created the ACE Public School Network, as part of its effort to ensure that all low-income students in San José have access to a first-class public school.
In the 1990s, Matt was a community organizer with Oakland Community Organizations, working to build the organization’s parent-led new schools campaign, which has transformed the district and made it the most improved urban district in California for 7 years. Before then, Matt worked for Southern Echo in Mississippi and was the founding director of the Community Service Center at Duke University, his alma mater, where he graduated summa cum laude.