Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright, Digital Media Relations Manager

Matt joins the USGLC after working in various communications roles on and off Capitol Hill, including as a Press Intern for the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. While studying multilateral institutions in Brussels, Belgium, Matt researched Russian influence in the European energy market as an intern with the European nuclear energy industry. A native of Frederick, Maryland, Matt received his bachelor’s degree in political science and interdisciplinary studies with a focus in communications from American University in Washington, DC.

Posts by Matthew Wright

  • March 9, 2021

    New Report Finds Bipartisan Common Ground in Foreign Policy

    Matthew Wright | March 9, 2021

    From climate change to COVID-19, experts from around the country and from both political parties recognize the importance of U.S. development and diplomacy programs in tackling our greatest challenge – as revealed in a brand new analysis, the USGLC’s 2021 Report on Reports.

  • February 3, 2020

    Now, Every Refugee Camp Has a Sesame Street

    Matthew Wright in Global Development | February 3, 2020

    Through a partnership with the International Rescue Committee and with support from the Lego Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, the experts at Sesame Workshop have debuted Ahlan Simsim, or “Welcome Sesame;” a new television show created for refugee children in the Middle East and North Africa. To the IRC and Sesame Workshop, Ahlan Simsim isn’t just a show – it’s a vital piece of humanitarian assistance.

  • September 23, 2019

    A Conversation on Creating Shared Value: UNGA 2019

    Matthew Wright | September 23, 2019

    As world leaders gather in New York for the 74th United Nations General Assembly, many made the trek down the street for the 2019 Concordia Summit, where they joined philanthropists, CEOs, and thought leaders from around the world. Amid talk of the Sustainable Development Goals and mounting global crises, USGLC’s President and CEO Liz Schrayer was there to moderate the panel “Building Economic Prosperity by Creating Shared Value.” How can a business tackle global problems and address the SDGs, while also creating value for its shareholders? In other words, how can a company do good while doing well?

  • January 10, 2019

    Not Your Grandfather’s Foreign Policy: New Opinions from the Next Gen

    Matthew Wright in Congress, Global Development | January 10, 2019

    The newly-minted 116th Congress boasts the youngest freshman class in history. And as a record number of millennial lawmakers have taken their seats in Washington for the first time this month, a question arises: where will this new generation of lawmakers choose to focus their attention? These members of Congress may have just begun calling their votes, but new information suggests that how they prioritize American leadership on the world stage could be quite different from some of their elder peers. A recent study sheds light on the foreign policy interests of younger Americans.

  • October 18, 2018

    Two Podcasts for the Diplomat in All of Us

    Matthew Wright in Diplomacy, National Security | October 18, 2018

    As Americans continue to debate the cost and importance of our country’s participation on the world stage, it is more important than ever to understand just what the men and women of the U.S. State Department really do. Thankfully, two new podcast series offer listeners an inside look into how America’s diplomats advance and defend U.S. national interests around the world.

  • March 30, 2018

    Partnering to Electrify Communities Across Central America

    Matthew Wright in Global Development | March 30, 2018

    One in ten Central Americans live without electricity, hindering productivity, education, and economic growth. To tackle this problem, Tetra Tech partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador through the Regional Clean Energy Initiative (RCEI), which has helped to develop the region’s energy markets and reduce energy costs.

  • March 5, 2018

    Fighting Poachers, Saving Wildlife, and Sowing the Seeds for Economic Growth

    Matthew Wright in Global Development | March 5, 2018

    Deep in the border brushlands shared by Malawi and Zambia, yet another ivory poacher is in handcuffs. A team of park rangers has been tracking this particular poaching syndicate for weeks. His crime? Slaughtering a 40-year-old bull elephant to sell its ivory for tens of thousands of dollars on the black market.

  • February 13, 2018

    Bill & Melinda Gates’ 10th Annual Letter

    Matthew Wright in Congress, Global Development | February 13, 2018

    Today marks the tenth Annual Letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a landmark anniversary for such an influential voice in the development community. And this year’s Letter takes a slightly different tact, with Bill and Melinda Gates answering the “10 Tough Questions” they are most often asked about their work and their foundation. To commemorate a decade of notes, here are three top takeaways on global aid.