Matt Tanner named Executive Director of United Against Poverty Indian River County

Matt Tanner has been named Executive Director of United Against Poverty Indian River County, located at 1400 27th Street.
“I am pleased to announce Matt Tanner as the new Executive Director for our Indian River UP Center,” said Gwendolyn Butson, Chief Executive Officer of United Against Poverty. “Matt’s passion for people and his years of nonprofit experience makes him well qualified to lead our Indian River County campus. We are incredibly excited to have him join the team at United Against Poverty and know he will do great things for the organization.”
Matt has spent the past three years working with military veterans and families across the country with The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit that empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact. He built strong community partnerships, particularly across South Florida and Puerto Rico, leading to 250+ service projects executed by 4,500+ veteran and civilian volunteers, so he is no stranger to being a hands-on leader.

Before his tenure with The Mission Continues, Matt worked in higher education leadership at both Florida International University and Miami Dade College, where he served as the College-wide Director of Workforce Readiness and Internship Initiatives. During his time at Miami Dade, Matt partnered with college leadership, faculty, staff, employers, students and the greater Miami community to develop, strengthen and oversee career development programming and opportunities. Matt has a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Miami and served as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica.
“I am honored and thrilled to be joining the United Against Poverty team,” said Matt Tanner. “Learning about the history of the organization, meeting the dedicated staff and their selfless approach to this incredibly meaningful mission has me inspired to roll up my sleeves and serve alongside them.”
He and his wife Kathy have two sons under the age of two. In his free time, Matt enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family in national and state parks.