Matt Grossman was appointed to be the Chief Executive Officer of BBYO in February 2004. In this capacity, he is responsible for working with the organization’s lay and professional leaders to set a vision and implement strategies for BBYO. Under Matt’s leadership, BBYO has re-invented itself, tripling the number of teens participating in BBYO programs – from 12,000 to 36,000 – since becoming independent from B’nai B’rith.
He has also led an effort to involve thousands of alumni and other stakeholders in the organization through its Friends & Alumni Network, leading to a major increase in fundraising. Prior to BBYO, Matt worked for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, playing a key role in the organization’s decade-long renaissance. Matt initially came to Washington in 1989 to pursue his undergraduate degree in Human Services and Judaic Studies at George Washington University.
His interests in public and Jewish community service were prominent throughout his college career, including serving as President of Hillel, and peaked when he received a George Washington University Presidential Scholarship after initiating a relationship between the University and President Clinton’s AmeriCorps program. Matt grew up in Cheshire, a small town in central Connecticut. It was here, as a member of a Jewish high school youth group, that he began his Jewish journey and solidified his commitment to Jewish youth and to the future of the Jewish people. Matt lives with his wife Melissa, daughter Olivia, and son Gabriel, in Arlington, VA.
Putting Others First: Matt Grossman discusses the joys and challenges of leading a pluralistic teen movement and how he supports his teen leadership in creating the type of community they want to be a part of.