Commissioner Matthew A. Pigatt graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and Psychology. As the first in his family to go away to college, Matthew earned over $100,000 while in school and participated in international research training programs in Paris, France and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He conducted national award-winning research at UC-Berkeley, Emory, and Morehouse on high-achieving individuals.
After graduating college, Matthew moved to Washington, DC to participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Internship program in the office of Congressman Kendrick Meek. When he moved back home, Matthew worked as a community organizer for People Acting for Community Together (P.A.C.T.) to implement the First Source Ordinance in Miami-Dade county and eliminate out-of-school suspension. Currently, he manages an over $3.2 million scholarship program at Florida Memorial University.
In the community, Matthew co-chairs the premier mentoring program for boys in South Florida, the 100 Black Men of South Florida Leadership Academy. He founded the annual South Florida Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) Picnic and serves as a Civic Resident at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center teaching Black history and culture to the local community.
After assisting his little brother in securing over $250,000 in scholarships, Matthew took what he learned from his national award-winning research and his personal transformation to craft The Academic Hustle: The Game Plan for Academic and Career Achievement. He uses this system to conduct workshops for schools, correctional facilities, and non-profits on career development, college planning, and scholarships. In 2015, he was recognized by Broward Public Schools as Mentor of the Year for his work.