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Matt Westmoreland is the Post 2 At-Large Member on the Atlanta City Council.

Prior to his election, Westmoreland was the District 3 Representative on the Atlanta Board of Education, where he served as chair of the Budget Commission and Legislative Liaison to the Georgia General Assembly.

During Westmoreland’s tenure, the Board recruited and then partnered with a new superintendent to rewrite the school system's mission and vision, revise the strategic plan, define equity, adopt a new operating model that pushed decision-making down to schools, develop a turnaround strategy for chronically struggling schools, and build a $545 million capital projects plan.

As chair of the Budget Commission, Westmoreland led efforts to cut waste from the central office, increase teacher pay, allocate funding based on student need, and direct more dollars to our classrooms. During his tenure, the APS graduation rate increased 19 points from 58 percent to 77 percent, and the district saw improved SAT, ACT, and AP scores system wide.

An Atlanta native, Matt attended Morningside Elementary and Inman Middle before graduating from Grady High. He received his bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian. After graduation, Matt returned to Atlanta as a Teach for America Corps Member and taught history at Carver Early College High School in Southeast Atlanta.

Matt previously served as Program Director for Horizons Atlanta, an educational non-profit serving low-income students across Metro Atlanta through summer enrichment programs. He also worked for the Atlanta Regional Commission, D.C. Public Schools system, in the D.C. Office of Congressman John Lewis, and was an Urban Leaders Fellow with Colorado Senator Mike Johnston.

Named one of the 20 People to Watch in 2014 by Creative Loafing and as one of the "Top 30 Under 30" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2015, Westmoreland is an alum of LEAD Atlanta and New Leaders Council-Atlanta, and served on the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

A lifelong and active member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Matt lives in Midtown.

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