Matthew Talamantes comes to Notre Dame from Washington, DC, where he worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in youth development. He partnered with Up2UsSports and Teens Run DC, mentoring students in academics, health, physical education, and social-emotional learning.
As a Peace Corps volunteer, Matthew served for two years as part of the community health program in Ecuador. He organized camps and clubs to promote sexual health and gender equality and co-founded the dance group Kawpi Pacha, which to this day continues to cultivate self-esteem, leadership, and overall health and wellness in the community. Matthew continues to focus on becoming a change agent in the world, a process that he started while coaching college football for seven years. He holds a BA in philosophy from Texas Christian University. As a master of global affairs student, Matthew is the recipient of a Keough Family Fellowship.