Matt Zagaja

Lead Civic Web Developer

Department: Data Services – Digital Services
Phone: 617-933-0720


Matt is the lead civic web developer at MAPC. He uses software to help solve civic challenges in Massachusetts. His current projects include the Youth Jobs Match project which involves matching youth to summer jobs in the city of Boston.

Matt was previously the Ford-Mozilla Technology Exchange Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. There he worked on, an online database of Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices provided by companies like Google and Twitter. Before that he was the Deputy Data Director at the Connecticut Democratic Party where he managed the voter database and trained volunteers in the use of machine learning algorithms. He has managed political campaigns for mayor and state representative candidates. He has also worked with start-up companies to help them develop business plans so that they can receive investments from angel investors.

Matt graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Society, Technology, and Policy and then went to law school at the University of Connecticut School of Law where he concentrated in Intellectual Property Law. Although not practicing law, he was admitted to the bars of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Areas of Expertise: Ruby on Rails, Linux, Application Performance, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Linux, and Technology Policy and Law.