Matthew T. Peterson serves as the Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick-Clarke, Virginia. Matt is responsible for promoting the overall Affiliate and ReStore vision and direction and ensuring its ability to increasingly serve families in need with simple, decent, affordable housing. Lines of business include residential construction, mortgage lending, rental management, family and social services, community development, and retail store management.
Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity, Matt served as the Deputy to the President & CEO at Project HOPE. As a key member of the senior leadership team, Matt was responsible for broadening the impact of leadership in the execution of the organization’s mission and strategic plan. Prior to this role, for seven years Matt was the Senior Manager for Volunteer Operations. He managed Project HOPE’s global volunteer program and developed new humanitarian assistance and global health programs around the world, with a portfolio that included projects in Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. He also helped coordinate the volunteer disaster response effort, deploying to Haiti in 2010, Japan in 2011, the Philippines in 2013-2014, and most recently Nepal in 2015.
Prior to Project HOPE, Matt served as a medical operations officer in the US Army for nine years, from October 1995 to October 2004. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (pre-med) from the University of Miami, FL in 1994 and his Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, Republic of Korea in 2006. He also holds the Certificate in Volunteer Administration. Matt was born in West Berlin, Germany in 1972 and grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He currently lives in White Post, VA with his wife, Anne, and two children, Thomas and Clara.