IFS Says Goodbye to Director of External Relations Matt Nese

January 10, 2022   •  By IFS Staff   •  
Matt Nese, Director of External Relations

The Institute for Free Speech wishes to congratulate Matt Nese, our longtime Director of External Relations, on his new position as Vice President at People United for Privacy Foundation.

“We’re sorry to see Matt leave but pleased he will continue the fight for freedom of assembly at one of our close allies. We congratulate Matt on this well-deserved opportunity and thank him for his many years of service to the Institute for Free Speech,” said IFS President David Keating. “Since 2012, Matt has spearheaded our legislative outreach and coalition efforts and later supervised our policy, research, and communications teams. The Institute, and the First Amendment, would not be as strong as they are today without him.”

In two stints totaling nearly twelve years, Matt played a crucial role in the growth and success of the Institute for Free Speech. He undertook the considerable challenge of monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals affecting the Institute’s mission, both federally and in the states. He earned the respect of policymakers and expert organizations across the country and built relationships that help us sound the alarm when First Amendment rights come under attack.

Today, Matt is rightfully regarded as one of the nation’s top experts on state activity pertaining to freedom of speech and association. Behind the scenes, he played an equally critical role in assembling and developing the Institute’s team of policy, research, and communications experts. Those who have worked closely with Matt, both inside and outside of the Institute for Free Speech, have all benefitted from his remarkable expertise, diligence, integrity, and generosity.

In his new role at People United for Privacy Foundation, Matt will continue working to defend and advance Americans’ right to give privately to the causes of their choice. While we have lost a great colleague, we are glad to be keeping a great ally.

Congratulations, Matt.

Matt Nese, Director of External Relations

IFS Staff

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