A graduate of Harvard University Matt Fecteau is a private citizen who has dedicated his professional career to serving his country in the military, private and non-profit sectors. While living in Pawtucket, Matt’s father, Ray, was a District Manager of the Rail Road Retirement Board. His mother, Marion, was an employee of Automatic Data Processing in East Providence, Rhode Island. His sister, Mary, is a multi-Emmy Award-winning Multimedia Education Producer for PBS.
While working as a dietary aide (dishwasher) at Slater Health Center in Pawtucket, Matt pursued his passion for public service as an intern for Congressman Patrick Kennedy. Also, while still in college, at the age 20, he was elected as Union Delegate with the Local 1199 SEIU. He proudly represented employees from diverse backgrounds and in 2003, graduated from the Community College of Rhode Island with Highest Honors, Phi Theta Kappa.
On scholarship, Matt attended High Point University in North Carolina where he was challenged to live a life of significance through servant leadership. He graduated with All University Honors, Summa Cum Laude in 2005 and then, in 2006, graduated from Officer Candidate School.
During the height of the Iraq war, Matt deployed for back-to-back tours in Iraq. Because of his long tenure in Iraq, he served in multiple positions including platoon leader. His platoon conducted various operations in support of tens of thousands of uniformed personnel making his battle space one of the largest in Iraq for any leader. When he returned home, he worked as a National Security Council intern in the Obama White House.
In 2014, Matt challenged Congressman David Cicilline for the Democratic nomination. Matt received a surprisingly large amount of votes taking many political spectators off guard.
Matt loves culture, he has travelled to some 100 countries in the world, and is learning Spanish, French, and Russian. In his free time, he enjoys chess, trading stocks, traveling (this should be self-evident), speed cubing, playing the bongos, juggling, and dancing.
Matt has appeared on NBC, ABE, C-SPAN, and various shows. Matt has written for the Providence Journal, The Hill, GoLocalProv, RI Relevant, The Harvard Crimson, Providence Business News, The Pawtucket Times, and The Minsk Herald.
Matt holds an Associate degree from the Community College of Rhode Island, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Concentration in Economics from High Point University, a Master in Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce, a Master of Arts in International Relations National Security policy from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.