Matthew Barry is Vice President of Strategic Assessment at Gary Community Investments, which includes The Piton Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for designing and implementing a process to assess the impact and effectiveness of the organization’s for-profit and philanthropic efforts. Matthew’s primary focus is building a “total portfolio framework” that tracks the performance and cumulative impact of Gary Community Investments’ full spectrum of investments, which include grants, program-related investments, and near-market and full-market rate investments, for both financial and mission-related return. In addition, he works to strengthen Gary Community Investments’ research and knowledge management capabilities, and he aides in ongoing strategy development.
Prior to his current role, Matthew served as The Piton Foundation’s Director of Data and Information Initiatives, leading the growth and development of Piton’s flagship Data Initiative program. Founded on the belief that philanthropic and community-building efforts are more durable when informed by reliable and objective information, the Data Initiative “democratizes information,” providing community- and school-level mapping, analysis and evaluation to empower individuals, policy makers and organizations to make better decisions as they work to improve their community. Examples include developing community information technology platforms, managing the foundation’s Cradle to Career Indicators project and evaluating place-based initiatives.
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