Matt D'Arrigo

Director, Creative Youth Development
The Clare Rose Foundation
San Diego, California

D’Arrigo is the Director of Creative Youth Development for the Clare Rose Foundation in San Diego, CA. In his role he helps to strengthen and grow the CYD field locally and regionally by supporting a network of CYD organizations through funding, connecting & convening, helping to document and communicate their impact, and advocating to expand pathways to funding.

D'Arrigo is also the Founder and former CEO of A Reason To Survive (ARTS), a nationally recognized Creative Youth Development organization in National City, CA, His work with ARTS has been the subject of the 2013 Academy Award winning documentary-short “Inocente”, featured on the Today Show, and was a case study in the New York Times best selling book "Decisive" by Chip and Dan Heath.

D'Arrigo is on the Arts Education Advisory Council for Americans for the Arts, and sits on the Creative Youth Development Steering Committee for The National Guild for Community Arts Education.