Matthew Gritzmacher, Program Assistant

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Education: BA in Linguistics, Boston College

Known around the office as: Just Matt

Recognizable by:  His love of neckties and everything Buffalo

Matt Gritzmacher re-joined the CFSY team in fall 2015 after having previously served as Outreach Coordinator. In this new role, Matt is our administrative and programmatic go-to person who keeps everything running smoothly.

Matt spends some of his time on behind-the-scenes tasks that keep an office and nonprofit running while chipping in on other projects, whether researching sentencing data, working with directly impacted individuals, or crafting communications products.

After majoring in Linguistics at Boston College with plans to pursue a career in Speech Therapy and Pathology, Matt readjusted his priorities upon joining the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after graduation. Spending two years as a volunteer, he initially worked as an Employment Specialist at Los Angeles-based nonprofit Chrysalis before joining the CFSY in 2013.

“I knew before leaving the CFSY that I wanted to continue to devote myself to criminal and juvenile justice advocacy, and now I’m able to return to the organization that sparked that interest.”

Matt initially returned to his hometown of Buffalo following his one-year stint with us, where he worked as a freelance writer and journalist, but returned to Washington after a few months and now steps into a familiar setting in his preferred field.

Outside of the office, Matt spends much of his free time exploring the city on foot, singing in two choirs – both a gospel choir and a traditional chorale – and trying out new vegetarian recipes. He is also an avid sports fan and blogger who covers the University at Buffalo Bulls for SBNation.com.