Matt Bagnoli joined The Fund for American Studies in January 2017 as the director of institutional advancement and is now serving as the chief development officer. Before coming to TFAS, Matt was a manager of donor relations at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and worked in the development offices of the American Conservative Union and The Heritage Foundation.
Matt grew up in northern New Jersey, where his parents instilled in him the value of free markets and the importance of liberty. After college, he moved to D.C. hoping to work in public policy doing research. Instead, he fell into a role working in the development office at Heritage, where he discovered he loved working with donors to help them achieve their lifetime philanthropic goals.
After nearly a decade of fundraising for public policy organizations, Matt realized that his real passion resided in developing the next generation of leaders for a free society and there was no better place to do that than The Fund for American Studies.
With TFAS celebrating its 50th anniversary, Matt will be responsible for ensuring TFAS has the resources needed to continue winning the hearts and minds of future generations to liberty, limited government and free markets for the next 50 years. His focus will be on sharing with investors future TFAS initiatives to spread the message of freedom, develop the next generation of leaders and engage the more than 16,000 TFAS alumni in the fight for liberty.
Matt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political theory and religious ethics from the University of Richmond. He lives with his wife and two children in Alexandria, Virginia. In his spare time, he enjoys running and spending time outdoors, but he really spends most of his time chasing his kids around.