Matt Gelman

General Manager of Congressional Affairs for Microsoft

Matt Gelman is the General Manager of Congressional Affairs for Microsoft where he leads the company’s advocacy efforts before Congress. In this capacity, Matt manages a team of senior Microsoft lobbyists and works closely with stakeholders on legislative matters that impact the company.

Matt took an unpaid leave of absence from Microsoft in January and February 2007 to serve as a senior advisor to House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) for the start of the 110th Congress. In this capacity, Matt helped assemble the new majority’s whip operation and advised leadership on strategy. Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Matt worked for three years as a Principal at the lobbying and public relations firm PodestaMattoon where he managed the firm’s biotechnology practice. Prior to joining PodestaMattoon, Matt worked for ten years on the House Democratic leadership staff. He served for eight years as the Floor Assistant to Democratic Whip David Bonior (D-MI) where he ran the Whip’s vote counting operation in the House and two years as a Special Assistant to House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO).

Matt currently serves on the Board of Horton’s Kids, a non-profit that provides comprehensive services to the children of Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood. Matt also serves on the Board for the Faith and Politics Institute, a non-profit that that inspires political leaders to reflect and engage with one another for the good of our nation.