Major Gifts Officer
Matt Southworth, the son of Harold and Nancy Southworth of New York, was born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1984. Matt spent most of his adolescence in Florida. There, Matt was an accomplished high school wrestler (2 time state qualifier) and four sport athlete. Shortly after graduating high school with high honors, Matt joined the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst in order to help pay for college in the future.
While in the Army, Matt served a tour of duty in northern Iraq, near Mosul, in 2004. Matt’s experience in Iraq turned him against war and into a pro-peace advocate. In May of 2009, Matt graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wilmington College, a small Quaker school in Ohio, with his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History and a minor in Psychology.
In August 2009, Matt became an FCNL intern and eventually became a full time staff person. Matt previously led FCNL lobbying on Afghanistan policy and drones issues, and now serves as a Major Gifts Officer at FCNL.
Matt has also organized young adults around the country by providing the tools that empower them to influence government through effective lobbying. In August 2011, Matt organized an FCNL supported, "under the radar" fact finding mission to Afghanistan, which was comprised of Congressional staff, academics, journalists and non-profit leaders. Matt has also traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, Israel-Palestine and all over Europe.
Matt serves on the Board of Directors for Quaker House in North Carolina. He previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Veterans for Peace. He is an advocacy leader in the pro-peace veteran community.