Matt Gerson

Matt recently did an interview with Catalogue for Philanthropy as part of their “Seven Questions” series. He writes about his motivation for founding Tracy’s Kids, and how his personal experience inspired his volunteer efforts for the organization, bringing comfort to thousands of children and their families. Click here for the full interview.

Based in Washington, D.C., Matt worked with Universal Music’s interaction with the U.S. Congress and Administration. He left the company in October 2015, having been for twenty years a “tireless advocate for the creative industries and always one of the most influential voices in Washington around any debate affecting the music business” (Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, Recording Industry Association of America).

Matt was recognized as a “2007 Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian Magazine as a result of his work at Tracy’s Kids, a program he founded.  Under his leadership, Tracy’s Kids has grown from one therapist at Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center to the much larger organization it is today.

Matt joined Seagram/Universal Studios in 1995.  The company became part of Vivendi Universal in 2000.  From 1989 through 1995, he headed Congressional Affairs for the Motion Picture Association of America.  From 1985 through 1988 he served with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, first as Counsel to the Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks Subcommittee and later as General Counsel to the Technology and the Law Subcommittee.

Matt is a 1984 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a 1980 cum laude graduate of Tufts University.  He is married and has two children.  He is an avid skier and an erratic golfer.  Matt is past Vice Chairman of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and is actively engaged in advising the Tourette Syndrome Association regarding its public policy objectives in Washington, D.C.

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