Matthew Stefan is currently a sophomore at American University located in beautiful northwest Washington, D.C. More specifically, Matthew is pursuing majors in business administration and legal studies. Additionally, he is also a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program which is comprised of several years of study focusing on both the hard and soft skills of leadership. Admission to the program is highly selective and membership consists of attending classes, researching a social justice topic, creating a leadership portfolio, and engaging in substantive service projects, typically in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
Matthew had the opportunity to participate in an internship with Congressman David P. Joyce’s (OH-14) office during the summer before his senior year in high school at Western Reserve Academy, located in historic Hudson, Ohio. Matthew also completed an internship with Director of Communications and Institutional Advancement, Ms. Teri Howe, at Ruffing Montessori School. A graduate of Ruffing Montessori School himself, Matthew serves as a foundational member of the institution’s Alumni Board and had the opportunity to speak at the school’s eighth grade graduation in 2019.
Matthew hopes to pursue a career in constitutional, corporate, real estate or litigation law. He is specifically interested in the intersection of business and the law and greatly enjoys analyzing the intimate relationship between the two and the effects that each have on one another. From a young age, he as been extremely interested in these topics and even shadowed now Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Michael P. Donnelly for a week during his eighth grade project at Ruffing Montessori School. Matthew hopes to channel his interest in law and business into positive community leadership.
In addition to interests in both law and business, Matthew has always had a keen interest in real estate and hopes to incorporate this genuine intrigue and passion into his career in the future.
During his free time, Matthew greatly enjoys sailing on Lake Chautauqua in New York and restoring an antique sailboat. An Ohio native, Matthew also spends time hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks near his home in Chagrin Falls and is learning to fly fish in the Chagrin River.