Monday, May 14, 2018

Matt Haggman for Congressional District 27. By Geniusofdespair

Here is Matt Haggman on the Michael Putney show. Make your own decision for this blue wave US Congressional Seat 27. I will be voting for Matt Haggman. He is smart, articulate, my friend, and most importantly not Donna Shalala or Bruno Barreiro (even worse). I have to say, out of all the reporters I have known from the Miami Herald, he was the one I got along with best. He showed me respect, called me, etc. We just clicked. He has a great sense of humor and an innate ability to zero in on problems in our community. He never called me when he worked for the Knight Foundation, so for that he is a fair-weather-friend to me, but I still think he is the best person to fill this seat. And, I will bother him to death if he gets elected. He is getting too skinny. He needs to eat more. I know Donna holds a grudge since I hit her with that chair in 2008.

Never heard from Richardson. Not going to vote for him.

Here is what is on his Website so you can skip a link:

Matt Haggman: A New Leader for Miami’s 27th Congressional District.

Matt is a community leader who has been deeply and uniquely engaged in Miami, driving key change, supporting new ideas, and creating opportunities across South Florida.

Most recently, Matt served as Miami Program Director at Knight Foundation for more than five years, spearheading a groundbreaking program focused on empowering innovators and entrepreneurs across the community to increase opportunity for everyone.

For this work, Matt has been called in The Miami Herald a "pioneer in Miami [who] has spearheaded the entrepreneurial movement" and "the cornerstone of a renaissance" in Miami.

When Matt joined Knight Foundation in 2011 he brought new thinking to what Knight should focus on in Miami. At the time, there was much concern across the community about Miami's ongoing "brain drain" and lack of quality jobs. Matt launched a new effort focused on connecting and propelling Miami’s entrepreneurs and civic innovators as a way to build community. The initiative focused on building Miami's startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem by creating resources that help dreamers and doers of all kinds better develop their ideas and solve problems.

Many of the programs funded under Matt's direction during his five years at Knight Foundation are now pillars of Miami's growing innovation community and have opened the doors to opportunity across the region. This includes The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, eMerge Americas, Endeavor Miami, Black Tech Week, Babson's Women Innovating Now LAB, LaunchCode South Florida, Startupbootcamp Miami, Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Miami Maker Faire, Girls Who Code Miami, The LAB Miami, NewMe, Refresh Miami, Digital Grass and Waffle Wednesday.

Under Matt’s leadership, the Singularity Global Impact Competition Miami was launched, asking residents for their best ideas to address sea level rise. Matt twice brought South Florida entrepreneurs to Tel Aviv to learn about how Israel - nicknamed "Startup Nation" - has become a global leader in innovation. He joined Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez on a tour through Silicon Valley with leading Miami entrepreneurs.

The work led to many impacts. Following the inaugural visit to Israel, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College and Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Center formed a partnership. In the wake of launching Babson WIN Lab, Babson College expanded its presence in Miami. LaunchCode South Florida was the program's first expansion city after starting in St. Louis, and today it is growing across the country and President Obama called it a national model.

To do this work, Matt made more than 200 grants at Knight Foundation totaling more than $28 million in Miami.

Prior to joining Knight Foundation, Matt was an award-winning journalist for nearly a decade. He worked at The Daily Business Review from 2001 to 2004 and then The Miami Herald from 2004 to 2011 when he left to join Knight Foundation.

Over the course of a decade, Matt covered stories of local and national importance. His work included exposing self-dealing by leading local politicians, shining a light on environmental protection and the importance of Miami-Dade County's Urban Development Boundary. He drew attention to worrisome findings with touchscreen voting systems that were ultimately scrapped and detailed how state regulators were looking the other way as mortgage fraud schemes exploited hard-working home buyers.

Matt won numerous local and national awards, including a Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism. In his last two years at The Miami Herald, he twice won the President's Award, which honors the best work in the McClatchy newspaper chain. In his last full year as a journalist, the Miami New Times named him as the Best Miami Herald Reporter in its annual "Best of Miami" awards.

Matt is deeply involved in the community in other ways, too. He has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami for a decade. Matt started mentoring a young man, Joshua, when he was nine years old. Now Joshua is preparing to attend college on a full scholarship. Matt additionally has sat on a range of boards of local community organizations, including Endeavor Miami, New World Symphony, The Underline and The LAB Miami.

Matt and Danet Linares met in Miami and have been married for nearly 12 years. Danet's family is originally from Cuba and her parents came to the U.S. through Miami's Freedom Tower, as many families did across the community. Danet is a leader in commercial real estate in South Florida and a leader in the community, sitting on the boards of organizations that include Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami and the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

Matt grew up in Boston and earned degrees at Tulane University and Vermont Law School, before moving to Miami. He and Danet live in Coconut Grove.


Anonymous said...

I am thinking of voting for Richardson. Voting based on ethnic/religious lines should be handicapped.

Anonymous said...

Matt and the Knight Foundation helped save the county’s libraries. Knight funded a survey of 400 people per county commission district AFTER the MIami Herald funded a survey of 400 people in the entire county. The Herald said residents were pretty much fine with less services and less taxes. The more robust, and expensive survey, presented a more accurate picture. We have quality library services today because they used their financial strength to protect a community asset.

Anonymous said...

Richardson has taken some risky and aggressive stances for a Florida politician, Haggman is more fair weather liberal,
this district needs someone who will push back against established interests like Big Sugar, the prison industrial complex, the banking industry. Haggman has raised too much dirty money.