Matt was born in Petaluma and raised in Redwood Valley. He graduated from Ukiah High School in 1997. He went on to serve as a Law enforcement officer. He retired after a knee injury.
He worked as a volunteer fire fighter in Illinois. Matt ran the evacuation center at the Moose Lodge in Clearlake Oaks for both the Rocky and Valley Fires. He has continued volunteering his time to help the community during disasters. His dedication to serve his community lead to the creation of Lake County Disaster Alliance Response Team. A 501c3 that responds in times of disaster. Matt is both the Founder and President.
Matt married his Wife Jennifer four years ago. They have two daughters. Madison and Lilah. Matt currently lives in Lower Lake, Ca.