Matt Strieker, Deputy Director
Matt Strieker is the Deputy Director of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. As Deputy Director, he helped launch new national and international programs and expand the Institute’s profile through targeted outreach to community leaders, policymakers, funders and the media. In the process, the Institute’s media coverage, annual budget and endowment have doubled, and Matt was awarded the UCLA Chancellor’s Diversity Leadership Scholarship in recognition of his achievements.
Matt was formerly an attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), where he specialized in education and immigration policy. He litigated constitutional claims regarding the adequacy of states’ school finance systems and school districts’ desegregation programs. Beyond litigation, Matt helped secure funding to initiate or expand leadership programs for Latino students and their parents and coordinated the launch of MALDEF’s first financial education program. He regularly promoted MALDEF priorities to policymakers, the media and the public.
Matt graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law. After law school, he worked as a Research Associate at the Institute on Race & Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he focused on affordable housing reform. Outside of his work in public policy, Matt has worked as a legal editor and served as a communications and development consultant to youth services agencies and health clinics.