Matt Paprocki is president of the Illinois Policy Institute.
He started his career as a legislative staffer in Springfield, where he focused on budget and pension issues. Now 13 years later, these issues remain top of mind for Matt, who is committed to solving Illinois’ biggest policy crises. Matt is a proven leader whose work has helped the Institute evolve into the leading state-based think tank in the country. He is deeply committed to making Illinois a place where anyone can achieve success and plant roots.
In 2019, Matt was appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to a four-year term as a member of its Illinois Advisory Committee. In 2013, he was appointed by then-Gov. Pat Quinn to serve on the Task Force on Charter School Funding. In addition to leading the Illinois Policy Institute, Matt is also the chairman of the Illinois Policy PAC, an advocacy group that gives taxpayers a stronger voice in Springfield. He has consulted for nonprofits around the country, advising leaders on how to grow, recruit talent and work strategically.
Matt earned a degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. He is an avid reader and runner and is a self-taught banjo player. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Anna, and their daughter, Fiona.