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Matt Vander Sluis

Director of Policy and Planning

He brings over 15 years of experience shaping inclusive public policies and plans at the local, regional, and state level. Matt is adept at policy analysis, advocacy strategy, network building, trainings and facilitation, public communications, and non-profit management, with a robust network of relationships with agency leaders, elected officials, NGOs, and community-based organizations across California.

Prior to joining BARHII, Matt held multiple roles at Greenbelt Alliance, where he led the organization’s efforts to promote equitable, sustainable development patterns across the Bay Area, ultimately serving as Deputy Director from 2017 to 2019. Matt also managed the global warming policy program for the Planning and Conservation League, a statewide nonprofit in Sacramento, where he helped craft new climate policies and developed a statewide training program to foster healthy, resilient cities for all.

His work has been covered by a variety of media outlets, including the Atlantic Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and KQED’s QUEST. In 2017, he was named one of the East Bay’s “40 under 40” by Diablo Magazine. Matt graduated from Stanford University in American Studies in 2003.