Mateo was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Mateo’s first involvement was in fourth grade when he spoke during a Board of Education meeting to prevent the layoff of one of his teachers. Mateo graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Master’s in History, where he helped found the Disability Student Union to organize students on what issues the school needed to address concerning learning differences. As the Civic Engagement Coordinator for Coleman Advocates, he aims to ensure that all students have a voice in their school no matter their circumstances.

 

My “why” for working at Coleman is…

I used to work with political campaigns and would show up every election season, but not with the people who were struggling day in and day out. I am working here at Coleman, so I can change that and meet people where they are now. I know how transformational my teachers were at my schools and the resources I had to be able to succeed so I want to do all I can to make sure everyone has the same opportunities. I am excited to grow along with the Coleman community.