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Matthew Chorpenning
Matthew Chorpenning


  • MSW, Portland State University
  • BS, University of Oregon. Theatre Arts
PSU History

After completing his MSW, Matt was a research fellow at the Center to Advance Racial Equity and the site supervisor for the SHINE Community School program at Kinnaman Elementary School. He has been a field supervisor at SSW since 2015 and an adjunct since 2016, teaching both on campus and online courses.

Academic/Research Focus

Matt’s area of academic focus is on macro-level social work, community organizing, systemic change efforts, and policy, especially poverty policy and racial equity policy in the United States. He has published two reports with the Center to Advance Racial Equity.

Personal Interests
  • Playing guitar
  • Running
  • Spending time with my family
  • Cooking
  • Reading