Matt DeenAssistant Director, Institutional Partnerships

Matt supports the Strategic Philanthropy team’s efforts to identify and secure funding to strengthen Auburn’s work. Previously he served as Senior Grant Writer and Development Manager for WE ACT for Environmental Justice, where he managed the organization’s institutional grants across all stages, from cultivating awards to ensuring compliance with the terms of each. Prior to that, he served as Institutional Giving Manager for City Parks Foundation, where he oversaw fundraising portfolios for the Foundation’s numerous environmental education programs and joint public-private venture with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chattahoochee RiverWarden – a community-based organization in his native Columbus, Georgia. He also works on a voluntary basis with the Micah Institute for Social Justice, Franciscan Action Network, and the Humane League. Matt holds a B.A. in Professional Writing from Columbus State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary.