MATT GREW UP IN THE BAY AREA in a family known for their commitment to public service. “I was taught that it’s not enough to just speak-out when you see a neighbor in need – you have to take action,” said Haney. 


His grandfather was the Dean of University of San Francisco School of Education and was a close friend and confidant of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. Matt's father is a national leader protecting the rights of people in prison. His mother taught at San Francisco State then dedicated her life to ensure all children have access to quality health care, and his older sister is a public defender.


The San Francisco Chronicle called Matt “accessible” and “effective,” and he was recently profiled by San Francisco Magazine as one of the 43 Bay Area leaders “standing up for San Francisco values in the Age of Trump.”


Matt served on the Tenderloin Economic Development Project Board of Directors and the Glide Foundation Legacy Board. He is member of the Board of Directors for Emerge California and the Mission Economic Development Agency. He serves as a member of the San Francisco Community Policing Review Board, where he is leading the development of San Francisco’s first community policing strategic plan. 


Matt went to Bay Area public schools, then attended UC Berkeley, where he studied Urban Development.  A strong believer in education, Matt has three post-secondary degrees: a JD from Stanford Law School, a Masters in Education from Stanford School of Education, and a Masters in Human Rights from National University of Ireland Galway.  


IN 2012, HANEY WAS ELECTED TO the San Francisco Board of Education running on a platform of innovation and 21st century schooling for all children.  


As President of the Board of Education, Haney was known for tackling some of the city’s biggest challenges with creative solutions. He led initiatives to build affordable housing for teachers and protect them from evictions, launch a new school in Mission Bay, secure housing and expand services for homeless students, and ensure all our kids have access to computer science and technology.


While Matt was President of the Board, San Francisco public schools saw their highest graduation and college going rates ever. He is the only school board member to have visited all 113 public K-12 schools in San Francisco. 


Matt is an attorney who works pro bono defending tenants from eviction.  He helps lead a social justice incubator called The Dream Corps, co-founded a national criminal justice reform initiative, and is a former Adjunct Faculty member at the Stanford School of Design.  


In 2016, Barack Obama endorsed Matt's successful re-election race making him the only local San Francisco elected official to ever receive that honor. “Matt is an extraordinary leader,” said President Obama “Matt represents the passion, commitment and vision that we need in our elected leaders.”