Email: matt (at) publiceyenorthwest (dot) org
Matt Rosenberg is the founder and Executive Director of the 501c3 tax-exempt public charity, Public Eye Northwest. PEN's cornerstone project is the Public Data Ferret database of originally-reported articles based on government documents and data. Matt has 29 years experience in public affairs, organizational leadership, strategic communications and journalism. He has been working full time on PEN and Ferret since November, 2010.
Matt spent 2010 as director of Countywide Community Forums in King County, a privately funded public engagement program which works with citizens and directly with county government to gather and promote collective intelligence on key policy issues. CCF's citizen engagement more than tripled under his leadership.
At CCF he founded the government transparency project Public Data Ferret, to enrich the news stream and build digital civic literacy. Ferret was featured weekly on the "Nine To Noon" show on KOMO-AM 1000 Seattle.
Matt served from 2007 through 2009 as a staff senior fellow for Cascadia Center, the Seattle-based transportation think tank funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he developed a public education campaign using new and legacy media to highlight innovative surface transportation policy and funding options for Central Puget Sound now being implemented, including the deep-bored waterfront tunnel in downtown Seattle and variable-rate electronic highway tolling.
He was a regular op-ed columnist for the Seattle Times from 2001 to 2004; a widely published Seattle-based freelance journalist and blogger; a strategic communications and community outreach practitioner for a range of public sector, political and non-profit clients; and a reporter, opinion columnist and editorial writer in suburban Chicago covering local, regional and state government for a community newspaper chain.
During college he was Assistant to the Chief Investigator of the Better Government Association in Chicago in the BGA-Chicago Sun-Times Pulitzer-finalist "Mirage" Tavern undercover investigation that documented political corruption and tax fraud.
He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Sociology. Married for 25 years, he lives in West Seattle with his wife and two children. Matt moved to Seattle from Chicago in 1994.