Meet our newest Matt. The Western Transportation Institute welcomes Technical Research Associate, Matt Madsen, bringing our Matt total to four (he joins Matt Blank, Mat Bell, and Matt Ulberg). Madsen joins the Mobility and Public Transportation program area and will take on projects previously coordinated by Dani Hess, including the pop-up neighborhood traffic calming program and bike/pedestrian technical assistance projects.
Originally from Wisconsin, Matt first came to Bozeman in 2000 to work and play before starting college back in Wisconsin. He knew he would someday return to Montana.
After receiving his undergraduate degree in social work at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his masters from the Colorado School of Public Health, Matt managed a healthy families program in Colorado. His community engagement activities ranged from adult and early childhood education to leadership programs. His active transportation experience includes implementation of Safe Routes to School and local Bike to Work programs, both of which will serve him well in his new role with WTI’s Mobility program. In 2018, Matt returned again to Montana and became Bozeman’s first affordable housing manager. His job helped define what affordable housing means in this growing city and what role Bozeman officials should play in achieving that goal.
In addition to his work at WTI, Matt serves as a consultant providing community health education and leadership trainings throughout the region. Matt is an avid backcountry skier, biker and trail runner. When not at work, he is pursuing these hobbies that first lured him to Montana’s playgrounds.