Matthew Randazzo was named President and CEO of The Dallas Foundation in December 2017 and began his tenure with the organization in May 2018. Matthew previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the National Math and Science Initiative, which aims to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement in communities across the country—and before that, as founding president and CEO of Choose to Succeed and as chief growth officer for IDEA Public Schools.
In his current role, he leads a staff of 25 full time professionals who work to bringing together people, ideas, and investments in Greater Dallas so individuals and families can reach their full potential. The Foundation focuses on supporting programs that benefit children ages birth to 3 as well as the civic priorities of Dallas; these investments prioritize partnerships that reduce intergenerational poverty and meet today’s pressing needs while positioning Greater Dallas for a brighter, more equitable tomorrow.
Matthew was named to the 10th class of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellows – a select group of leaders from the public, nonprofit and academic sectors dedicated to leading measurable improvements for children and families. And was recently invited to participate in Casey’s newest fellowship, Holding Boundaries for Equitable Results as a White Leader, a leadership program focused on issues related to racial disparities and outcomes.
In 2017, he was awarded The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Rising Leader Award, which recognizes younger alumni who have stood out as leaders and catalysts for change. He was most recently presented with the Public Safety Award presented by Safer Dallas Better Dallas.
Matthew earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science and Latin American studies from Albion College in Michigan and his Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Gitu, a clinical psychologist, reside in Southlake and have a son, Grayson.