Matthew Klein

February 17, 2023 | secon2023

Matthew Klein is the Chief Program and Impact Officer at Robin Hood, where he leads the alignment of Robin Hood’s programmatic and public policy work to support pathways out of poverty for low-income New Yorkers.

Prior to Robin Hood, Klein served as the Executive Director of Blue Ridge Foundation New York, a philanthropic fund that operated as a full-service incubator, providing seed funding, office space, and hands-on operational support to start-ups focused on expanding upward mobility. Klein then went on to lead the New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity), a 70-person, multi-disciplinary team that helps City leaders use evidence and innovation to more effectively reduce poverty. Under his leadership, NYC Opportunity launched new anti-poverty programs, broadened the City’s use of rigorous evaluations, design methods, and data capabilities, helped achieve citywide poverty reduction goals, and added equity metrics to the City’s performance accountability system, among other accomplishments. During Klein’s tenure, the office garnered multiple awards for policy innovation and digital expertise.

Klein has served on numerous civic and nonprofit boards, including those of Robin Hood’s community partners, and has been the recipient of several fellowships, including from Echoing Green, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Results for America. Klein has a B.A. in History and a J.D. from Yale University and Yale Law School, respectively. He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.