Matt Jacob is an award-winning communications professional who has worked with nonprofits, state and federal agencies, and other stakeholders to raise the profile of their issues. He presented to an Institute of Medicine panel about how health literacy poses challenges for communicators.
Matt has provided training to grantees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After the Berlin Wall came down, Matt worked with the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe to provide communications training in Poland to members of the trade union Solidarity.
Matt is a published author, and his opinion columns have appeared in dozens of newspapers and other media outlets, including the Boston Globe, USA Today, CNN, Los Angeles Times, American Teacher, CNET and the Miami Herald. He has written speeches for political candidates and a former U.S. cabinet secretary.
Facing tough questions from the media or testifying before elected officials is not for the ill-prepared. Matt has offered guidance in this area to many people, including members of Congress, foundation executives, state health officials and actor Alec Baldwin.
Matt once dreamed of growing up to be a baseball player. He eventually learned he was much better at writing sports stories than hitting home runs. Besides, Matt takes pride in lending his expertise to help good, overlooked causes get the attention they deserve.
Over the years, Matt has been proud to work for some solid organizations, including the Pew Center on the States, American Federation of Teachers and People for the American Way Foundation. Over the years, his efforts have been praised or honored by the New York Times, Arkansas Press Association, HealthLiteracyMonth.org, the AFL-CIO, Campaigns & Elections and the National Public Health Information Coalition.
Matt graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in journalism. He has lived in Washington D.C. for more than 20 years. His "likes" include red wine, Memphis-style barbecue, the Doors ("people are strange") and — you guessed it — baseball. His dislikes? Middle seats on airlines, people who talk during a movie, and Windows 8 (the trauma lingers).