Matthew Carter
Year
2019

Matthew (Matteo) grew up in Richmond, Virginia and got his first taste of politics in eighth grade as a page in the House of Delegates. He went on to take top prizes in Latin at Harvard College, including a full scholarship to Oxford University, where he received his doctorate in Classics in 2004.

After a decade teaching Greek and Latin language and literature at the university level, Matteo began to discern a call to ordination in the Episcopal Church. In 2016 he also fell in love with field organizing, and as of November 2018 has delivered outstanding results across six electoral cycles and five congressional districts, including two cycles with the Democratic Party of Virginia. As a field and political organizer with For Our Future Virginia (October 2017-present), he is proud to have helped convince a state senator to cast the crucial tie-breaking vote in favor of Medicaid expansion in the Commonwealth.


Matteo is passionate about economic justice, restoration of voting rights for felons, inclusivity, and pluralism. In his free time, he sings in community choirs and volunteers on behalf of addicts in recovery. He is training for the 2019 National Scrabble Championship. He encourages volunteers to finish their packets, both literally and metaphorically. After the NLC fellowship and another two cycles of campaigning, Matteo plans on attending Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and hopes to stay active in progressive politics there.