John was raised in Litchfield on his family’s farm on Wigwam Road. He was educated at Middlebury College and earned an MBA from Dartmouth College.
He and his wife live on the farm, and their son and daughter also live in town. John serves on the Board of the White Memorial Foundation, the Oliver Wolcott Library, and the Litchfield Pension Commission. He also has been the Treasurer for the Seherr-Thoss Foundation. He currently manages a grass fed beef operation, has worked as an investment banker, managed investments for individuals and institutions, and has started several successful businesses.
“I am running for a position on the school board because as a grandparent of a student-to-be and as a taxpayer, I am very concerned with the actions taken by the current board. The Litchfield Public School system is the town’s biggest employer, and at 57% of the town’s budget, the biggest department. Yet it appears the BOE does not always interface well with the Selectmen and Board of Finance. Couple that with declining enrollment, an unacceptable turnover rate in administrators and teachers, and what is certain to be an elimination in educational cost sharing from the State of Connecticut, and you have a perfect storm that does not bode well for either the town or its educational system. I know what it takes to run a successful business, and I have extensive experience guiding outstanding organizations from the board level. I have the will and the ability to be a member of the school board that will bring needed change to Litchfield’s most important asset, its public school system.”
Litchfield means the world to Matt and his wife. Their three children have been the joy of their lives, and watching them grow up in such an ideal community has been a gift.
Matt was educated at UC Santa Barbara, followed by an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner. He has worked in the investment and financial sectors for over fifteen years, and feels that his dedication to family, love of and sense of duty to the community, respect for various viewpoints, education and experience, and strong belief in professionalism, transparency, and cooperation, make him an ideal candidate for the BOE.
“I believe that for a community to be its very best, its citizens need to rise up and give back to that very community they call home. Putting that belief into action, I currently serve on the Board of KidsPlay Children’s Museum, I am a Trustee of the Litchfield Historical Society, co-founder of Two Old Dads which co-hosts the Litchfield dodgeball fundraiser with the Litchfield Education Foundation, coach youth soccer and baseball, and serve as Vice Chair of the Litchfield Board of Finance. Service to our community is a must in my eyes. As my term on the Board of Finance is up this November, I feel the call to now serve on the Board of Education. We all want our children to get the very best education possible and must consider ways to make that happen within the demographics and financial constraints of our state and town.”