Matt Stoller is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and a contributing editor to the financial site Naked Capitalism. He also contributes to Politico, Alternet, and Salon, focusing on the intersection of foreclosures, the financial system, and political corruption. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
Matt met Russell Brand in Zucotti Park at the Occupy Wall Street encampment, where they discussed politics and finance in the rain surrounded by protesters. They had first met years before because Matt's brother, Nick, had directed Russell in several movies (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall).
From 2009-2010, Matt was the Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida. In that role, Matt worked on the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the major Congressional policy response to the financial crisis. His specific charge was the provision in the bill requiring an independent audit of the emergency lending facilities of the Federal Reserve. During the crisis, the Fed lent trillions to banks and financial institutions, but refused to tell Congress who had gotten the money. As a staffer for Rep. Grayson, Matt worked with the staff of Republican Congressman Ron Paul and Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, as well as a grassroots coalition in a transpartisan alliance to help force the first independent audit of the central bank in history.
Prior to his work in Congress, Matt was a political consultant and blogger for six years. He worked on primary campaigns challenging entrenched powerful incumbents, such as the campaign against pro-war Senator Joe Lieberman in 2006 and Congressman Al Wynn in 2008. His policy work included campaigns on media consolidation, telecommunication and internet policy, and transparency in Congress (for the Sunlight Foundation). He was one of the first new media experts in the Democratic Party, working at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 to credential bloggers and creating and co-producing the radio and blog series "The Blogging of the President" in 2003-2004.
From 2001-2003, Matt worked as a product manager for the software company ICLUBcentral. During the run-up to the war in Iraq, he was a war supporter because he trusted the press and the politicians in charge of both parties. He constantly tries to avoid making that same mistake.