Matthew Schmitt joined MCR as a Program Manager in January 2019 working to support MCR’s work with the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) Rounds 4 & 5 grantees. Alongside the exciting and critical work of supporting The Kresge Foundation’s grantees in carrying out their projects in Detroit neighborhoods, Matthew is an activist, writer, musician, and co-founder of The Table Setters, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting vulnerable and transformative discussions across division.
Immediately prior to joining the MCR team, Matthew was a Challenge Detroit Fellow serving at Teen H.Y.P.E. as the Manager of Mission Advancement. He grew up in the metropolitan area at 13 Mile and Southfield, and gained experiences in community activism, education, ministry, and the music business around the country before moving to Pingree Park on Detroit’s East Side with his family. Most significantly, he taught sixth grade in New Orleans through Teach For America, and led DOOR Los Angeles, a nonprofit that worked to intersect the traditional mission trip with social justice, anti-racism, and anti-classism exposure and education. For eight years, Matthew sat on the advisory board of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan, his alma mater, and currently sits as a director on the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force of Birmingham.