Matt Deen is Associate Director for Institutional Partnerships at Auburn Theological Seminary and Assistant Minister for Faith Formation and Congregational Life at Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro, VT. He is also coordinating WE ACT for Environmental Justice’s first-ever grant-making process to bolster the capacity of community-based environmental justice organizations throughout New York State, in partnership with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Before rejoining Auburn, Matt served as a Community Minister for Judson Memorial Church, where he worked with Extinction Rebellion to co-create and facilitate an ecological grief support group called Extinction Resilience and launched an adjacent effort to target ecological impacts rooted in the systemic oppression of farm animals. He serves on the Advisory Board of Sanctuary at SHO, a 1,300-acre permaculture farm, wildlife preserve, and duck sanctuary in Huntington, VT. Prior to entering seminary, Matt worked for several years as a fundraiser serving various nonprofits in NYC, including, most recently, Auburn Seminary, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and City Parks Foundation. He’s also worked as an environmental organizer and activist with the Franciscan Earth Corps (a project of Franciscan Action Network). Matt recently graduated from Union Theological Seminary, where his work focused on constructive ecotheology and animal liberation.