In addition to hiswork at the Minnesota Historical Society, Matt serves as a volunteer consultant for Square One Consulting, LLC where he does fundraising education and political campaign management. His clients have included local electoral campaigns - Alondra Cano and Linea Palmisano for Minneapolis City Council - and non-profit organizations - Kibera Girls Soccer Academy and African Development Solutions (Adeso) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr. Musel worked for twelve years in fundraising for education institutions. During his five years as Chief Development officer for the University of Minnesota Extension, he solicited gifts to support the outreach programs in agricultural, natural resources, community vitality and family development. Prior to this he raised funds to promote education access for the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and Bethlehem Academy, a Catholic high school in Faribault, Minnesota.
In 2012, Matt served as political director for for OutFront Minnesota political action committee, the state’s leading organization for LGBT equality. The effort helped elect 15 new members of the Minnesota legislature from across the state through raising $60,000 and recruiting over 60 volunteers. In 2009-2010, Mr. Musel volunteered as Executive Director for NAVIGATE, a leadership development organization for immigrant young adults to access education, jobs and legal status. He was a founder of the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network, the state’s lobby for college access for immigrant students, and served on the Citizens League’s study committee on immigration and higher education.
Additional political work experience includes the transition team and in the Citizen’s Outreach department of the Office of the Governor Jesse Ventura. He has worked for TakeAction Minnesota, the Montana Democratic Party and as a community organizer with AmeriCorps VISTA.
Matt was educated at the University of Minnesota, where he was student body president, and the University of Saint Thomas, where he received a Master’s degree in adult education. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) at the University of Minnesota – Duluth.