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Matt James


President and Co-Founder, Next Generation

Matt James

As the co-founding President and CEO of Next Generation, Matt James oversees a team of professionals who promote solutions to two of the biggest challenges confronting the next generation of Americans: the risk of dangerous climate change, and the threat of diminished prospects for children and families. 

Prior to co-founding Next Generation, Matt was an integral part of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s leadership team for 20 years, serving most recently as executive vice president.  At Kaiser, Matt helped develop groundbreaking public education projects in partnership with national and international media companies, including the highly regarded nonprofit health news service, Kaiser Health News.

Prior to joining Kaiser, he worked in national politics as a senior aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas, and Representative Morris K. Udall of Arizona.

Matt was appointed by President Clinton to the board of the Morris K. Udall Foundation, is past-chairman of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and serves on the President’s Advisory Board of the National Wildlife Federation and on the board of the CDC Foundation.

Posts by Matt James

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Solutions take work. We're on it.

We know that investments in the early years of childhood can change whole lives. Home visiting programs, for example, are well known to improve prenatal health, strengthen family functioning, reduce child abuse, and more.

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One Week at Next Generation

We had a remarkable week at our “Little Nonprofit That Can” – one that would be remarkable for any nonprofit, but was all the more amazing to me, having spent about a quarter of a century in the field, for an organization that is less than four years old.

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No more business as usual

Last week, I watched Kate Gordon speak at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Energy and Sustainability Conference. I always enjoy watching Kate present, because she is always entertaining, substantive, and provocative. The subject was our upcoming Risky Business Project ...

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One for the fathers

Father’s day is this weekend. And my wish this year probably isn’t that different from the millions of other American dads. Most of us, I’m sure, just want fair and equitable opportunities for our kids and a decent world for them to grow up in.

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Predicting the future ... by inventing it

Being such a young organization, it feels a little strange pointing back to things we did in the past, but our long-time followers will remember our Monterey Shale series, released last fall and covering the economic prospects of oil extraction in the formation. Back then we called the projections "too big to believe." This week, however ...

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The Power of Collaboration

Responding to the threat of climate change – like the threat of diminished prospects for our children – will require an extraordinary kind of collaboration and cooperation, but a kind we are absolutely capable of achieving.

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The air we breathe, the words we speak

Like we need air, like we need water, the research shows that we need words, spoken to us from our earliest days. The power of parent talk – reading and singing, too – to deliver those words with love, and in turn to set children up for a life of success is extraordinary.

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Just the facts, please

Distraction, spin, and information overload – these are just a few of the problems we face when we attempt to sort out the right information we need for our kids and our climate.