Matt Cherry has been building movements for social change for nearly three decades, working in the UK, The Netherlands and the US. His experiences have shown him the power of effective fundraising to leverage all the passion, talent and hard work within those movements, multiplying their impact on society.
Matt spent 13 years as an executive director in the humanist movement, developing successful organizations and programs to increase the influence of humanists, atheists, and other freethinkers. He also served three terms as president of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or belief, the first non-religious person ever elected to that post.
In 2013, Matt moved to the SF Bay Area to become executive director of Death Penalty Focus. In that role, he raised more than $7 million for a ballot initiative to abolish the death penalty in California.
Matt has spoken at hundreds of meetings, interviewed extensively for print, radio and TV; and his writings have appeared all over the world, including in The Guardian, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post. He is the co-author of four books, including one Amazon bestseller.