Matthew S. Washington is Vice President & Chief of Staff of Phipps Houses—New York City’s oldest and largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing. He is responsible for overseeing all public affairs, focusing on pursuing opportunities to create more affordable housing. Prior to joining Phipps, Matthew served as Deputy Manhattan Borough President under Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. As deputy, he has overseen the distribution of over $100 million in capital funding to enhance parks, theaters, hospitals, museums, affordable housing developments, community centers and public schools. He has also been actively involved in neighborhood planning processes and rezoning efforts throughout Manhattan. Matthew was named to the 2018 New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Stars list published by City & State New York.
Matthew invests much of his personal time to public service. Born and raised in East Harlem, he remains committed to the area and was a member of Community Board 11 for over 10 years. He is a board member of both the Waterfront Alliance and Green City Force. Matthew is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Trust for Governors Island and is a trustee for Alfred University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Cultures.