Matt Morton


Matt Morton, MEd (Squaxin Island Tribe) is currently the Executive Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center, a community-based organization dedicated to enriching the lives of youth and families through education, community involvement, and culturally specific programming. Previously, Matt served as the Deputy Director for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), an organization committed to addressing issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development.

Matt has been actively involved in the Portland community since he moved here in 1998 after completing his Masters in Education at Oregon State University. Born in the Pacific Northwest, he has had a life-long commitment to improving educational opportunities for students. Matt, his wife Courtaney, and son Marcus live in the Humboldt Neighborhood of North Portland.

Matt was elected to the Portland Public Schools Board in 2011, serves on the Advisory Council for Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education and the Center to Advance Racial Equity Advisory Council, serves on the Portland Community College President’s Advisory Council, and currently Chairs the Youth Development Council, created by the Oregon Legislature and charged with coordinating youth support services across the state and streamlining those services to be more efficient, effective, and aligned with education investments.