Matthew Klein, Founding Board Member,
is the Executive Director of Blue Ridge Foundation New York, a private foundation supporting organizations working in the areas of youth development, education, community building, and the public interest use of technology. Matt is a co-founder of LEAP, a nationally recognized youth development agency operating in high-poverty neighborhoods throughout Connecticut. Begun in 1992, LEAP has garnered awards from the Children's Defense Fund and the Peter F. Drucker Foundation, among others. In his legal work, Matt focused on issues of equal opportunity, clerking for such organizations as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the U.S. Department of Justice. He served as a law clerk for the Judge Robert L. Carter in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Matt attended Yale Law School and Yale College.