Matt Hannigan is a co-founder of The Sprout Fund and currently serves as its Deputy Director.
The Sprout Fund is a nonprofit organization supporting innovative ideas and grassroots community projects in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region. Matt helped start Sprout in 2001 while receiving his MSPPM degree from Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. Since then, Matt has been involved in the creation and implementation of all of Sprout’s major programs, which have provided catalytic support for more than 450 community-based projects through nearly $4 million of investments.
Matt provides oversight for Sprout’s principal program areas, actively participates in fundraising, program development, and planning, and maintains primary responsibility for overseeing the finances and business operations of the organization. Through his work at Sprout, Matt has developed a keen interest in decisionmaking processes and fostering civic innovation through grantmaking.
Originally from the state of Indiana, Matt received undergraduate degrees in political science and biology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a graduate degree in public policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University. During his school years, Matt interned for his home state Senator, Richard G. Lugar, on Capitol Hill, with the Department of Veterans Affairs, for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at the American Enterprise Institute, in management consulting with Deloitte, and in the office of Allegheny County Chief Executive Jim Roddey.
In addition to his work with Sprout, Matt has served on several local and national advisory and planning boards and is an adjunct faculty member of his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. A former YMCA Youth Governor of Indiana, Matt was an advisor with Schenley High School and the Pittsburgh delegation to the Pennsylvania YMCA Youth and Government program from 2003 to 2005. A Pittsburgher since moving to the region in 2000, Matt lives in the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill.