Matt Norris is the Director of Minnesota Afterschool Advance. Previously, Matt worked at AchieveMpls serving as the Manager of Employer Engagement for STEP-UP Achieve, where he managed the program's relationships with approximately 160 companies and organizations who hire over 700 high-school interns annually through the program.
Matt launched his interest in activities and advocacy for youth while he was a teenager in Brooklyn Park, where he spearheaded the effort to create the city’s youth engagement initiative, now known as the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth. As a student at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, Matt co-founded a nonprofit organization for youth and was honored as a White House Campus Champions of Change finalist in 2012.
Matt has also helped promote social entrepreneurship in Minnesota by serving as an advisor to the Venn Foundation for the past several years. He was a drafter of the Minnesota Benefit Corporation Act and worked to secure the legislation’s passage at the State Capitol. At Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., he helped establish the law firm’s Social Entrepreneurship Practice Group and worked with over a dozen of the state’s first benefit corporations—businesses that legally commit to pursuing a social purpose in addition to profit.
Matt interned in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and is a licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota.