Matthew Frumin

Former Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs at United States Department of State

Matthew Frumin

Matthew Frumin

Former Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs at United States Department of State

Biography

Matthew Frumin
Matthew Frumin brings to DC leadership a significant record of community achievement, solution-based workmanship, and coalition-building skills honed in public service here and around the world.

His campaign to join the DC Council builds on 18 years of activism in schools that includes the unique success of Wilson High School’s modernization. That project created a path for parents to challenge and engage the government to think creatively, enhance outcomes and save tax dollars. In addition, the Wilson project established the $100 million facility as a center in community life – a goal lost in so many schools in recent decades.

Today at 53, Matthew sees a path to making the District a model for the nation in quality of life, dedication to opportunity, and social as well as financial prosperity. He currently serves on the Mayor’s Task Force on Undergrounding Power Lines, working with key DC agencies and stakeholders to make our infrastructure reliable and cutting edge for the 21st Century.

He also has served on taskforces assessing and prioritizing traffic safety issues, and on next steps for the Circulator bus system Matthew works extensively with the Washington Interfaith Network, building collaborations with churches, synagogues, and mosques to support job creation, improve schools and promote sustainable storm water management.

Matthew and his wife, Lena, worked as a team to engage neighbors and activists in bottom-up community improvement strategies as their three children grew up in DC, attended public schools and learned their parent’s drive for better living through helping others.

Success in his achievements stems from childhood lessons growing up in the Detroit area, where his mother was a school and political activist. He took campaign literature door to door in campaigns for president and for local school improvements. Frumin came to the District after college, working on Capitol Hill and similar assignments before realizing he needed a larger purpose to his life. Based on his new path, he went to law school at George Washington University. Meanwhile, his girlfriend from the University of Michigan who joined the Peace Corps returned and came to Washington. Their wedding followed his first year of law school, the birth of their first child came as Matthew began a law career at Arnold and Porter.

He was recruited to serve as an election observer in Nicaragua in 1989 and from there went on to serve as an election observer or commenting on election laws and constitutions in over 20 countries. In 1998, he took an appointment in the Clinton Administration building on his election work, serving as a Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs focusing on democracy, human rights, labor issues, rule of law and women’s issues.

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Former Senior Vice President, Head-Global Communications & Public Affairs at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. (Inactive)

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Vice Chairman at The Cohen Group LLC

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Senior Fellow at Harvard University - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government

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Visiting Faculty, War & Statesmanship at The Tikvah Fund

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Distinguished Fellow at US Council on Competitiveness

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Operating Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

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Executive Director, Aspen Strategy Group at The Aspen Institute, Inc.

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Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University - Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

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Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Intelligence & Research at United States Department of State

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Ambassador at United States Department of State

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Matthew Frumin
Former Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs at United States Department of State
Career History
Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs
1998 - Prior

The United States Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States. The Department was created in 1789 and was the first executive department established.

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