Matthew Bruce became the first Executive Director of the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance in October 2012. The Funder Alliance is a workforce development funder collaborative working with employers and other workforce stakeholders to increase employment, earnings and racial equity for underprepared workers in the Chicago region. In four years the Alliance raised over $6 million, grew from five to twenty-five funders and initiated a set of strategic initiatives focused on industry workforce partnerships, systems change and workforce innovation. The Funder Alliance’s most recent achievements include the creation of a new fund to support the region’s career pathway system, and a new commitment to fight wage theft and discrimination in low-wage occupations. In 2015 the Funder Alliance was recognized by its peer group, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, with the Chair’s Award for Exemplary Collaborative. Prior to moving back to Chicago, Matt was Manager of Regional Sector Initiatives for the Boston Office of Jobs and Community Services, where he started sector workforce initiatives such as Green Jobs Boston and the Skilled Careers In Life Sciences initiative. Matt has a Masters in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.