Matt Haag was first elected to a four-year term as an At-Large City Councilmember in November 2009. He currently serves as the Chair of the City Council’s Parks and Public Works Committee, and serves as a member of the Public Safety, Youth and Recreation Committee and the Education Ad-Hoc Committee, which he previously chaired.
In addition to his council work, Matt is the Associate Vice-President of Institutional Initiatives at the University of Rochester, the city’s largest employer. He was recruited to the University in late 2006 from his previous employer Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He has also worked in development for The Nature Conservancy, Muhlenberg College, and his alma mater, Gettysburg College.
Matt has served as a member and the Co-Chair of the Rochester planning group of the Empire State Pride Agenda, which advocates for the civil rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender New Yorkers. He is also a founding member of the Rochester LGBT Giving Circle.
Matt is committed to building neighborhoods and strengthening communities. He is a member of the ABC Streets Neighborhood and the Douglas-Park-East Neighborhood community associations. Matt also serves on the Board of Directors for the Monroe County Board of Health and the Rochester Historical Society.
Matt’s commitment to community service has been recognized by Johns Hopkins University where he was the 2006 recipient of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Service presented by Dr. Levi Watkins, the first African American Chief Resident at Hopkins, and Dr. Maya Angelou. In 2009 he received the Young Alumni Award for Service from Gettysburg College, from which he received a dual degree in History and Classical Studies.
Matt Haag and his partner, Bill Schaefer (a Rochester native), live in the Park Avenue Neighborhood.