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Ari Matusiak is Special Assistant to the President and Director of Private Sector Engagement, where he provides strategic and management oversight of the Administration’s interaction with the private sector. He works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and corporate and financial leaders, finding ways for the Administration to partner with the business community on efforts to spur job creation and our long-term economic competitiveness. Ari has extensive experience in community and economic development and in building strategic collaboration between the public and private sectors. He is the co-founder of Young Invincibles, a national organization dedicated to improving economic opportunities for 18 to 34 year olds. Prior to moving to Washington, Ari was vice president for strategy and community impact at The Rhode Island Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country. While there, Ari also directed HousingWorks RI, a statewide affordable housing coalition and campaign. In that capacity, he led a successful statewide referendum campaign for affordable housing production that leveraged nearly $500 million in additional investment, doubled the production of affordable housing and created thousands of good paying jobs in the state. Ari served as a fellow on Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee in the United States Senate. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University and cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was also named a Public Interest Law Scholar. He is originally from Wisconsin and is a diehard Green Bay Packers fan.
Ari Matusiak 's Posts
- August 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM EDT
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and for the 28 million small employers across the country, healthcare is a major concern. The Affordable Care Act provides benefits and opportunities to small businesses that will help increase access to affordable coverage options.
- March 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM EDT
In a meeting with small business leaders, President Obama discussed the importance of a big deal -- along the lines of what he offered the Republicans in Congress -- to the overall economy and the success of our small businesses.
- February 4, 2013 at 4:46 PM EDT
Business leaders show support for the President's immigration reform.
- December 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM EDT
After being laid off from jobs in public relations and television production, Rakia Reynolds founded Skai Blue Media in 2008. Today her company employs seven people and has 22 prominent clients. She says President Obama's plan to create jobs would make it easier for other entreprenuers to duplicate her success
- December 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM EDT
How a cross country move inspired a young couple to start a business selling green building supplies to a bustling southern city
- December 27, 2011 at 5:23 PM EDT
Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez were so intrigued by something they learned about in a business ethics class, they turned their backs on corporate jobs and started Back to the Roots, a sustainable foods company
- December 8, 2011 at 7:41 PM EDT
Fred Sanguiliano of KeyStone Design in Florida says passing the American Jobs Act will help build consumer confidence, which is essential for his company's success
- December 2, 2011 at 9:00 AM EDT
John McCarty of LUX dynamics says President Obama's plan to rebuild the economy would enable him and his partner to grow their business and create more jobs in Nevada.
- December 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM EDT
Matthew Smith of Shoes for Crews believes payroll tax cuts for new hires, regulatory reforms, extending the 100% expensing incentive and tax credits for hiring the long-term unemployed are popular with the business community at large
- November 30, 2011 at 8:00 PM EDT
Jenny Hines, President of Hines and Company Accountants of Tennessee says President Obama's plan to create jobs will help her company attract new clients by freeing up the capital so that small businesses can invest in her services