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Matt Horton is an associate director of the Milken Institute Center for Regional Economics & California Center. In this capacity, he interacts with government officials, business leaders, and other key stakeholders in directing statewide programming and policy initiatives while implementing the Center’s strategic plan. He also analyzes policy developments at the local, state and federal levels while monitoring national and global trends for potential impacts throughout the regional economic landscape. Horton works to enhance the center’s statewide impact through its efforts to identify, promote, and scale best practices in public policy.

Horton’s programmatic work at the Institute is focused on identifying a variety of financial tools, policies and collaborative models that leaders can deploy in order to increase investments toward education, community development and in other areas supporting human capital. Horton looks for establish best practices and conducts research that can inform effective governance practices and position leaders to explore place-based economic development through increases in housing supply, supporting high-quality job growth while prioritizing improvements throughout the built environment. And has written op-ed’s on how the opportunity zone tax incentive can help build a more inclusive economy.

Previously, Horton worked for the Southern California Association of Governments, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization. Horton served as the primary point of contact for external and government affairs coordinating regional policy development with elected officials as well as sub-regional, state, and federal stakeholders in Los Angeles and Orange counties. In this role, coordinating with leaders across Southern California in developing plans to address growth, resiliency, and improve quality of life.


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