Matt Warner is president of Atlas Network. Under the direction of the CEO, he is responsible for strategy, programming, and personnel management. Matt also leads the development of a research agenda to further demonstrate the invaluable role of think tanks in achieving freedom around the world. Matt is the editor of Poverty and Freedom: Case Studies on Global Economic Development and coined the term "the outsider's dilemma" to describe the challenge of helping low-income countries develop without inadvertently and perversely getting in the way of their most viable paths to prosperity. Matt writes, speaks, and consults internationally on the topics of economics, institution building, nonprofit management, measurement, and impact philanthropy. His work has appeared in Cato Journal, Forbes, The Hill, Harvard's Education Next, Real Clear Markets, Foundation for Economic Education, EconTalk, and Washington Times, among others. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 2010, Matt served in various policy leadership positions at nonprofit think tanks with a focus on energy, education, and property rights. Matt has a master's degree in economics from George Mason University and is certified by Georgetown University in organizational development consulting. He is also a 2019-2020 Penn Kemble Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy, a member of American Enterprise Institute's Leadership Network and a recipient of America's Future Foundation's 2019 Buckley Award.
Matt and his wife Chrissy, an attorney, live in Vienna, Virginia with their four children.
- Wake Up! with Randy Corporon, Dec. 28, 2019
- Poverty and Freedom with Matt Warner and Dan Rivers, iHeartRadio, Dec. 13, 2019.
- Why Foreign Aid Does More Harm Than Good, Independent Women's Forum, Dec. 6, 2019
- Poverty and Freedom: Case Studies on Global Economic Development, Cato Daily Podcast, October 30, 2019
- When Tackling Poverty, Context and Consent Matter, Washington Examiner, October 24, 2019
- What Trump's Foreign Aid Fight Can Teach Us, The Hill, August 29, 2019
- Development Economics and the Outsider's Dilemma, Cato Daily Podcast, March 23, 2019
- Can Think Tanks Succeed Where Foreign Aid Has Failed?, Fee.org, January 22, 2019
- Simeon Djankov and Matt Warner on the Doing Business report and Development Aid, EconTalk, November 27, 2017
- Cut Foreign Aid to Help the World's Poor, CapX, Oct. 5, 2017
- Is Development Aid the New Colonialism? Fee.org, Sept. 28, 2017
- Book Review: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, Cato Journal, Winter 2016
- Millennials Want Work with Purpose, Washington Times, Dec. 25, 2014
- Ideas Matter, Morning Talk, South Africa FM, March 18, 2014 (segment begins at 5:42)
- Competitiveness, Not Stimulus, Key to Europe's Recovery, Forbes.com, Oct. 28, 2013
- Money Myth in Education, Washington Times, Jan. 1, 2007