Matthew Doolittle, City Year Baton Rouge 2017-2018 Associate Board Chair
Tell us a little about yourself!
I am a Louisiana native and I graduated from LSU where I studied Accounting and Finance. I enjoy reading, history, the outdoors, tailgating, amongst many other interests and hobbies. I’ve got too many to name them all!
Where do you work and what do you do for a living?
I am an Underwriter in Capital One’s Commercial Banking Group, working in the downtown Baton Rouge office.
How long have you been in Baton Rouge?
Almost 6 years, I moved to Baton Rouge in January 2012, after having lived in NYC for 3 years.
What do you love about the Baton Rouge community?
I like Baton Rouge because it’s a mix of small town/city with friendly, fun people and easy access to New Orleans.
What got you interested in City Year and how long have you been on the Associate Board?
I originally got interested through Capital One’s support of City Year Baton Rouge. Prior to the founding of the Associate Board, I and several other Capital One associates got the opportunity to volunteer at an event alongside several Corp members at a local middle school. I recall being impressed with the relationships the Corps members had formed with their students and the mutual respect that was evident between the two. Shortly after, the Associate Board was formed and I was happy to accept the invite to join. This year marks my fifth year as a member of the board.
What is the mission/purpose of the Associate Board?
Increase awareness of and promote City Year’s mission and impact in Baton Rouge.
What are you most excited for this year as Board Chair for the CYBR Associate Board?
I think we have some great events planned this year that will help showcase City Year and demonstrate the impact City Year makes in our Baton Rouge schools.
Why do you believe education is important?
Education helps individuals fully participate in society by giving them the tools and skills they need to succeed and better their lives and communities, as well as making them more able to participate in a democratic system that requires the input of an informed population.