Matt Blackbourn is Business Operations Associate at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, a Boston-based policy research think tank. Since starting at Pioneer, he has helped develop new strategies for the organization’s Better Government Competition’s outreach effort, which he now manages, in addition to Pioneer’s internship program. He is also involved with the Institute’s government transparency initiative and assists with research for the Center for Better Government.
Matt also has extensive experience working on several local political campaigns and has worked as a volunteer tutor and teacher’s assistant for the New Orleans Recovery School District.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude. In his spare time, Matt enjoys backpacking, screenwriting and volunteering at local nonprofit organizations.
Lakenya Rivers (Director):
Lakenya Rivers is the Founder and Executive Director of F.A.M.I.L.Y. Movement. This organization functions by providing educational opportunities to the 200+ plus women and families annually Lakenya currently works with. In the role of “life coach,” she presents workshops focusing on self-esteem, professionalism, parenting, finances, and more. F.A.M.I.L.Y. Movement’s primary goal is mentoring young women in homeless shelters, inspiring them to strive for a successful future. Lakenya’s extensive work with community organizations has garnered much acclaim. She is a sought after speaker, bringing hope to audiences comprised of woman in transition. Lakenya was also nominated and granted the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Woman award in 2009 for doing great works in the community. In March 2014, she was featured on Chronicle, WCVB News on a segment geared towards Boston Strong with Bridge Over Troubled Waters which is the shelter resided in as a teen mother, and now mentors life skills with mothers and youth to help them become self-sufficient. Lakenya now resides in a beautiful condo in Dorchester with her husband, sister and 3 children.