Matt Walsh joined MAPC in 2022 as a Government Affairs Policy Analyst. As a member of the Government Affairs team, Matt works with state legislators, advocates, municipal officials and other stakeholders to identify areas for potential legislative action, and develops and advocates for policies that forward the goals of MAPC’s MetroCommon 2050 regional plan. Matt’s work focuses largely on housing, economic development, public health, and resilient infrastructure.
Before joining MAPC, Matt worked in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as Legislative Aide to Representative Steve Ultrino. During his tenure in Representative Ultrino’s office, Matt worked with coalitions of advocates and direct service organizations to support legislation on school discipline reform, CORI reform, civil rights, and affordable healthcare. He supported municipal efforts to improve stormwater management and coastal flooding mitigation measures, as well as transit access in the city of Malden. Prior to joining Representative Ultrino’s office, Matt worked as a Field Organizer on U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s 2020 re-election campaign and an early Fundraising Assistant on Congressman Kai Kahele’s 2020 campaign and staffed multiple 2019 municipal campaigns in the Boston area.
A Native of Hawley, Massachusetts, Walsh is a 2019 graduate of Amherst College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and French.
Matt currently serves as an Associate Member of the Malden Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Commission, as well as a member of the MA Democratic State Committee and a board member of the Bay State Stonewall Democrats, an organization that works to advance LGBTQ+ equity through both electoral and policy advocacy.
Areas of Expertise: Legislative advocacy and strategy, policy research and analysis, coalition coordination, education policy, criminal justice policy, housing policy, stormwater and coastal infrastructure