Recognized as Legacy Magazine’s 40 under 40, The Miami Times’ New Generation of Dreamers, and Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders, Matthew A. Pigatt became the youngest elected official in South Florida in 2016 as Commissioner for the City of Opa-locka.
Commissioner 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, Commissioner Pigatt 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. Upon graduating, Commissioner Pigatt was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow interning in the office of Congressman Kendrick Meek in Washington, DC. After returning home he organized the Juvenile Justice Committee of People Acting for Community Together which assisted in the elimination of out-of-school suspension in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Currently, Commissioner Pigatt chairs the premier mentoring program for boys in South Florida, the 100 Black Men of South Florida Leadership Academy. He is the founder of the annual South Florida HBCU Picnic, founder of the Sankofa Cypher: A Black History, Culture, and Thought Group, and author of The Academic HustleTM: The Game Plan for Scholarships, Fellowships, and Job Offers.
In his first two years as Commissioner of the City of Opa-locka, Commissioner Pigatt
- Led the investment of over $2 million to replace defective water meters.
- Orchestrated the transition of the water billing system to the #1 water management institution in the State of Florida ensuring accurate billing.
- Demanded the re-milling of 2.1 miles of City streets. The first major street project completed in years.
- Spearheaded transition of the city’s solid waste contract from a company that was in default to a new contractor that saved residents $125 annually.
- Consistently met with residents at corner stores, in community centers, and in the streets to hear concerns and educate the people about government through #PigattOnTheBlock.
- Shutdown illegal activity happening throughout the City of Opa-locka.