Matthew Farrey

Senior Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships

Matthew Farrey is Senior Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships for Families USA. In this position, he works closely with the leadership team, health policy experts, and advocacy staff to establish partnerships with foundations, corporations, individuals, and other nonprofits who share our mission of ensuring that all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care. He has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, management, and issue advocacy in the nonprofit sector, including in advocacy organizations and higher education.

Prior to joining Families USA, Mr. Farrey was Director of Philanthropic Partnerships for the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world. Before joining Pew, he was Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at American University and at Mount Ida College, where he was also an adjunct professor of Political Science. Earlier in his career, Mr. Farrey was the Associate Director of the Alliance for Better Campaigns, which was originally a project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center but became an independent nonprofit in 2001. At the alliance, he helped design and direct a series of advocacy campaigns that aimed to increase and improve television coverage of elections to reduce the cost of running for public office and open up the democratic process to more candidates and new ideas. He was also Director of Election Services at the League of Women Voters of the United States, where he managed voter registration campaigns and directed a nationwide public opinion research and education project on money in politics. 

Mr. Farrey holds an MA in political science from the School of Public Affairs at American University, a BA in communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and he is currently completing a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of California at Los Angeles.