Matthew Wunder is the Chief Executive Officer and a Founder of Da Vinci Schools, a charter management organization comprised of four high schools, a K-8 home school-hybrid model, and a post-secondary college program serving 2,300 students from 108 zip codes. Da Vinci Schools are known for a deep commitment to developing responsive new school models that incorporate college and career readiness, real world learning aligned to workforce needs, competency-based learning, and innovative industry and higher ed partnerships. In 2017, Da Vinci Schools formally launched Da Vinci RISE High, supported by an XQ ‘Super School’ prize, to help homeless, foster and other high need students tackle their academic, social/emotional, and personal needs. Matt believes that greater alignment between K-12 schools, colleges, and employers is needed to ensure students are prepared for postsecondary success and 21st century jobs.
Matt is a member of the board of trustees of Talking Teaching Network and Schools That Can. He has previously served on the board of trustees of Palisades Charter High School, on the Association of California School Administrators ACSA/CAPEA Committee, on the statewide CERTICC educational reform committee, and as an educational consultant for the California League of Schools, where he developed curriculum for school administrators and facilitated professional development sessions. As a faculty member at Loyola Marymount University, he has taught Business in Education, Leadership in Instruction, and Learning and Achievement to master’s level students. From 2002-2008, Matt served as Principal of Wiseburn School District’s Richard Henry Dana Middle School, where he led the school to becoming a California Distinguished School and a National Forum Middle School To Watch. Prior to working in the Wiseburn School District, Matt served as a school counselor in the Santa Monica-Malibu and Manhattan Beach Unified School Districts. Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona. He holds a Master of Education degree, teaching credential, PPS credential in School Counseling, and Tier I Administrative Credential from Loyola Marymount University. His doctorate in Education Technology was earned from Pepperdine University.