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Matthew Closter

Rutgers University - Camden
Graduate Assistant and PhD Student
Camden, NJ
Matthew Closter is currently working on his PhD in Public Affairs with a focus on Community Development at Rutgers University in Camden. He is also a Graduate Assistant and Student Fellow at the Rutgers-Camden Community Leadership Center. His research interests include the roles of urban public institutions in revitalizing distressed communities, the intersection of philanthropy and government, and collaborations between civic organizations and governing bodies. He has extensive experience in community development, project management, fundraising, and nonprofit administration. He has worked for the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, AFS Intercultural Programs, and Amigos de las Américas. He received a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors in Anthropology and Sociology from Brandeis University.