Matt Vanderwerff is a Program Officer at IREX where he currently works on IREX’s technology for development programming, providing direct program management and technical assistance in Washington, DC.
Matt supports the Beyond Access program, an initiative advocating to make libraries universally recognized as community development hubs along with several other technology for development programs in Central Asia. Matt previously supported the Global Libraries programs in Romania and Ukraine.
Prior to joining IREX, Matt worked as Research Assistant for USAID’s Bureau for Europe and Eurasia where he authored a report titled “New Media and International Media Development: A Resource Guide for Europe and Eurasia.” Matt holds an MA in Russia and East European Studies from the University of Michigan, where he was a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow from 2006-2008.
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When not working, Matt spends his free time tinkering with house projects and spends every summer trying to grow the perfect tomato in his backyard.