Matt Orem has led public relations, philanthropy, outreach, and service programs for The University of Texas for 23 years. He has secured and led grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, Bank of America, Texas Education Agency, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Association of Public Land Grant Colleges and Universities to incubate and implement programs that help low-income students complete high school, attend college, and obtain a degree or credential. Matt’s initiatives to organize community groups that demystify the college-going process have been replicated across Texas. His web-based programs to increase college awareness, financial aid, and literacy have been used statewide. Orem is the Principal Investigator on UT Austin 2017 and 2018 GEAR UP grants and was previously the technical assistance director on the 2012 Texas GEAR UP State Project.