Matt Leighty, Founder and Principal
Matt Leighty is a public policy professional with more than a decade of experience in politics and policy. His unique background, with experience in campaigns, lobbying, government, and academia, provides him with an ability to analyze public policy options from a variety of vantage points. Since launching Commonwealth Consulting in 2013, he has had the opportunity to work with municipalities, school districts, universities, trade associations and non-profits to assist them with a variety of projects. With a particular expertise in large, technical writing projects, clients have benefited from years of writing and project management experience.
At the University of California, Los Angeles, Leighty procured funding for a number of community-service projects relating to underrepresented minority, first-generation, and low-income minority students. Efforts include literacy and numeracy programs for urban youth, residential summer camps for foster youth, and college preparatory academies to increase college access in Los Angeles. At Pepperdine University, he served as a project director for a nationwide, multi-jurisdictional criminal justice reform research effort organized by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice. In this capacity, he provided program analysis to the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission regarding probation and parole management.
As an adjunct professor, he designed and implemented a graduate course on lobbying and policy change at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy which he co-taught with Congressman John Campbell of Orange County. Topics include political systems, incremental and rational decision-making, organizational design, leadership, communications, policy formulation and implementation, and executive management. He has been invited to speak on legislative and grassroots strategies to a number of groups, including several university classes and the National Council of Jewish Women.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!) and his Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University.