Matt grew up in Richmond, VA and is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.A. in International Studies. After graduating, Matt decided that he didn’t want a regular office job just yet, and made his way to Moscow as an English teacher for two years. After leaving Russia, Matt obtained his MA in Russian Studies from University College London-School of Slavonic & East European Studies and spent some time working in political risk analysis. Matt has also spent time in Kiev, Ukraine.