Name: Matt Banfield
Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Born in Westchester, NY, raised in Williamsburg, VA
Where do you currently call home? Richmond!
Occupation: Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Virginia
Favorite part about the job: Getting to work on a variety of different projects, meeting inspiring students, faculty, and staff, and helping shape institutional policy.
Your first job ever: Worked as a pool attendant in Williamsburg during high school.
Favorite Book/Currently Reading: I’m back in school… so currently reading a book on American higher education in the 21st century. Fun stuff!
Comfort Food: Pizza
What’s playing in your car right now? Audiobooks and podcasts mostly
Addicted to podcasts? What are the top three you listen to? Pod Save America, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, The Axe Files
Next journey? Just got back from a great trip to Seattle and the surrounding area – so pretty out there! Up next – Duck in the Outer Banks.
Favorite Virginia destination? Blacksburg and Virginia Tech!
First political memory?
I was about 7 years old and eating lunch with my parents on the terrace of a restaurant in Williamsburg when all of a sudden, we hear a band begin playing Hail to the Chief and Bush 41 walks out the building next to us. I'm not sure I fully understand the magnitude of that at the time. My first politically active memory though? Running for Student Council president in 5th grade and losing.
Best advice you ever received? Stay true to yourself
If you could have dinner with anyone currently living, whom would it be and why? Joe Biden, because I feel like he would have great life advice (on any topic) and would most definitely be down for ice cream after.
One thing most people would be surprised to learn about you? My undergraduate degree is in Theatre and I focused in performance.
Ambition, political or otherwise? Serving people by increasing access to higher education, as a university president or secretary of education.
Favorite part about the PLP so far? Meeting so many talented and ambitious classmates, and getting to see all corners of Virginia