Texas Deputy Operations Director, Biden for President
Matthew Baiza, born and raised in San Antonio, is a third-generation Mexican American and one of the first in his family to attend college. He graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 2018 with a double major in Political Science and Sociology. As a Stanford undergraduate, Matthew fought to improve sexual assault prevention and education, which included co-founding the first student group at Stanford focused on sexual assault prevention (Stanford ASAP) and served on several working groups including to adopt the Association of American Universities Campus Climate Survey, reform Stanford’s adjudication processes, and hire Stanford’s Title IX Coordinator. During the summers, Matthew remained deeply invested in his hometown working closely with former Councilman Rey Saldana to advocate for reforms to the San Antonio Police Officers Collective Bargaining Agreement, to develop a roadmap for increased public engagement for local school board elections, and to legislate San Antonio’s first Higher Education Advisory Board comprised of local college students. Throughout his early career, Matthew has worked to uplift women running for elected office, including organizing for Gina Ortiz Jones in Texas 23rd Congressional District in 2018, managing the successful reelection campaign for Councilwoman Ana Sandoval in 2019, and serving as the Texas Deputy Organizing Director for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign in 2020. After the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Matthew joined the San Antonio City Council District 7 team as the Community Outreach Coordinator focusing on San Antonio’s COVID-19 response by providing direct support for vulnerable constituencies including senior citizens, small businesses, and local students. Most recently, Matthew served as the Texas Deputy Operations Director for Biden for President where he managed the opening of supply centers, provided support for county parties and oversaw the Late Help and Out of State Volunteer Programs in Texas. Matthew is a graduate of Leadership SAISD and Generation Data, is a member of the national academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa, and was named a 2017 Truman Scholarship Finalist for Texas.