Matt Lehrich is a former White House spokesman and U.S. Department of Education communications chief who helps causes, campaigns, and organizations use communications to maximize their impact. As Communications Director and acting Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education, Matt was the top communications advisor to the Secretary of Education and led a team of more than 100 public affairs professionals through Senate confirmation of a new Secretary and implementation of landmark legislation.
Matt joined the Department after serving as a vice president at global public relations leader Porter Novelli, where he led brand positioning campaigns and provided crisis communications counsel to Fortune 500 companies, global philanthropic organizations, and leading industry associations. Prior to his work at Porter Novelli, Matt held multiple positions in former President Barack Obama’s White House and, before that, on his 2008 Presidential campaign. Among his roles in the White House, Matt was Assistant White House Press Secretary, managing communications on a wide range of domestic policy issues including education, justice, labor, energy and environmental issues, science, and technology. Born and raised in the Boston area, Matt currently lives in San Francisco with his wife.