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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
- November 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM EDT
David Ickert, VP of Finance at Air Tractor, Inc. sees a big benefit in tax relief for workers, which would put more cash in people's' pockets and help rebuild the local economy
- November 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM EDT
Laura Zander says passing the American Jobs Act will enable her to grow and keep her business self-financed and debt free
- November 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM EDT
Patrick Govang says the American Jobs Act will give his Ithaca-based company the ability to create more jobs
- November 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM EDT
But even more important to Lynn St. Laurent is that it would lead to an overall improvement in the economy, benefitting her employees and her customers.
- November 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM EDT
Ray Land, the founder of Fabulous Couch Lines, says the 100% expensing provision of the American Jobs Act will enable him to purchase 20 additional motor coaches in 2012
- November 19, 2011 at 10:23 AM EDT
If President's plan is passed, Deb Carey will expand her employee base by 10 percent and give out annual raises
- November 18, 2011 at 10:29 AM EDT
The owner of Tennant Truck Lines, Inc.says the President's plan will enable him to invest in his business, which means buying additional trucks and hiring drivers and support staff to operate them
- November 17, 2011 at 5:14 PM EDT
Mickey Blake of Mt. Baker Bio says President Obama's plan to put workers back on the job and put more money in the pockets of working Americans will also help fulfill her company goals for a diverse working environment
- November 16, 2011 at 1:30 PM EDT
The White House Business Council partners with Business Forward to bring 150 local leaders to the White House for a day-long forum on jobs and the economy.