Matt Haney for School Board 2012
Matt Haney grew up in a middle class family and is a graduate of Bay Area public schools. Matt has a BA from UC Berkeley, an MA from Stanford University School of Education,a JD from Stanford Law School with a focus on education law, and an LLM in Human Rights from National University of Ireland where he was a Senator George Mitchell Scholar.
Over the past ten years, Matt has fought for public education as an advocate, educator, organizer and policy analyst. As the Executive Director of the University of California Student Association, he works directly for the over 200,000 students in the UC system, managing a budget of over half a million dollars and a team of dedicated professional staff, to ensure public education is protected for current and future generations.
Matt is the Co-founder and Chair of Citizen Hope, a Bay Area organization which encourages civic engagement and community service. Citizen Hope has spearheaded over 50 events and initiatives that directly benefit kids and families in San Francisco and has helped bring in hundreds of new volunteers and thousands of dollars to our city’s school district. Citizen Hope was nominated for "Partnership of the Year" by the SF Education Fund for its work with Junipero Serra Elementary School.
Matt Haney has extensive experience working on education and youth policy. He served as a Legislative Aide and State Senate Fellow for State Senator Joe Simitian in Sacramento and as a member of his education policy team. At Stanford Law’s Youth and Education Law Clinic, Matt assisted with a major school funding equity case in which SFUSD was one of the plaintiffs, working to bring the district the resources that it needs to be successful. He currently serves on the SFUSD Public Education Enrichment Fund (Prop H) Community Advisory Committee, advising the district on how to spend critical funds on libraries, sports, music, arts, and preschool. As an appointee to SFUSD's Restorative Justice Taskforce, Matt helped develop new policies to improve school culture and change the paradigm of school discipline.
Matt has volunteered extensively as a tutor, mentor and educator. While at UC Berkeley, Matt helped to found an after school program called “Youth Impact,” where he taught kids about the importance of community service. For years, Matt has served a San Francisco School Volunteer at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He has also taught classes at after school and summer enrichment programs, including College Track, and worked at the Museum of Tolerance teaching students about human rights.