Matthew Denhart

Athens, Ohio

Matthew Denhart is president of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Fund and CFO of the Coolidge Foundation. Over the past eight years, Matt has led the growth of the Coolidge Foundation into a national institution and launched the Coolidge Scholarship, a full-ride, four-year undergraduate award that each year shares the legacy and values of America’s most underrated president with thousands of America’s most promising future leaders.

Earlier in his career, Matt served as a research fellow at the George W. Bush Institute where he focused on pro-growth economic policy. Prior to that he was the administrative director of a free-market higher education policy think tank, the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Over the years, Matt has written and spoken widely on numerous policy topics, including education, immigration, labor, and taxation, and his work has been featured in publications including: The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Bloomberg, National Review, and the New York Post, among others.

Matt was born and raised in Athens, Ohio, the second oldest of six siblings. He graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University with degrees in economics and political science. In 2017 he was named by Forbes to its “30 Under 30” list in the area of law and policy. Matt and his wife Andrea live in Columbus, Ohio with their two young daughters and their two not-so-young labradors.


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