Matthew Muench is a Senior Program Officer in Joyce’s Employment Program, where his grant making seeks innovative and business-centered approaches to helping underprepared adults acquire the skills and credentials they need to get good jobs and advance in careers. His work stresses the essential role of business in effective and sustainable solutions. In addition, he manages the program’s Innovation Fund, which aims to identify or generate and then scale innovations with transformational potential. Current areas of interest in this portfolio include adaptive learning technologies; alternative financing mechanisms such as social impact bonds; and behavioral science-inspired interventions.
Mr. Muench’s professional background was in the aerospace and defense industry, as a consultant providing strategic and tactical advice to Fortune 200 firms, with especial focus on market entry and growth strategies, opportunity identification, and M&A. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation in 2011, Mr. Muench was a Management Fellow at the Chicago Workforce Investment Council (now the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership), where he advised City of Chicago agencies on effective program design and management.
Mr. Muench holds degrees from The University of Michigan (MBA), London School of Economics (MSc), and Tulane University (BA).