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Matthew Hughes

Board Member

Matthew Hughes joined the International Relations Council in Kansas City as executive director in July 2016.

Matthew’s professional experience bridges the education and nonprofit sectors. A K-12 teacher for six years and fluent in Spanish, he has worked with students ranging from age 4 through adult learners and has developed curricula, strategic plans, and trainings for schools and nonprofits. Matthew worked for three years with People to People International, supporting the development of international understanding in schools and communities around the world. He has served as board member and committee chair for a variety of organizations, including the World Affairs Councils of America, the Sister Cities Association of Kansas City, and the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.

Matthew admires the initiatives, diversity, and enthusiasm of the many international organizations and communities in Kansas City and values opportunities for collaboration. He relishes the chance to travel – six of seven continents and 49 of 50 U.S. states so far – and has experience living internationally, including in South America and on the U.S.-Mexico border.

A Certified Association Executive, Matthew holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts degree in Global & International Studies from the University of Kansas, where his thesis explored opportunities for global-competence education in secondary extracurricular programs. He has also completed a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management & Innovation from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

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