New York, NY
College of Arts & Sciences, 1995
As one of the co-founders of the Serpentine Society, Matt Paco has been a very active UVa alumnus. He was on the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association from 2013-2019, and he was the co-chair of the Harriman Cup, which hosts the annual UVa vs. Yale alumni polo match that benefits the undergraduate polo programs at Yale and Virginia. He is a former president of the UVa Club of New York and was a member of the Young Alumni Council. In 2012, he co-produced the Julian Bond Gala in NYC, which raised over $1.5M for the Julian Bond Professorship in Civil Rights.
Outside of UVa, Matt is very involved in his local Nashville community. He is currently the co-chair of Chukkers For Charity, which raises money for Saddle Up and the Rochelle Center, two non-profits in Middle Tennessee that help children and adults with disabilities. Professionally, Matt is a video producer for Lonely Planet and the owner of D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe in downtown Nashville with his husband David. He was previously the Executive Producer of WSMV’s “News 4 Today” morning show that won the 2018 Regional Emmy for Best Morning Broadcast. When he lived in New York City, he worked for MSNBC, NBC, MTV, VH1, LOGO, and Nickelodeon. Matt used to oversee MTV’s You Hear It First, which gave American TV audiences a first look at then up-and-coming artists such as Kanye West, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Paramore, and others. Matt was awarded a Beacon Award for MTV News: At War In Iraq, and his “In the Life: Changing the Game” documentary about LGBTQ collegiate athletes was featured in the Pride of the Ocean, Cine Slam, and Mumbai LGBT film festivals. During the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Matt was a State Delegate for New York.