Matt Kelley

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Matt Kelley (born 1978) is a mixed-race Korean American writer, public speaker and consultant born in Spokane, Washington, and living in Seoul, South Korea.

He is the co-editor of the Multiracial Child Resource Book: Living Complex Identities (2003) with Maria P. P. Root and is producer of the documentary film, Chasing Daybreak: A Film About Mixed Race in America (2006), which features U.S. President Barack Obama.

In 1998, as a 19-year-old, first-year student at Wesleyan University, Kelley created MAVIN magazine,[1] one of the first print publications about racially mixed people. In 2000, he founded the Seattle, Washington-based Mavin Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build “healthy communities that celebrate and empower mixed heritage people and families".[2] Under his direction the organization created projects including the award-winning MatchMaker Bone Marrow Project,[3] the Mixed Heritage Center and the Generation MIX National Awareness Tour. He left the organization in 2006 but continues to serve on its Board of Advisors.[4]

Kelley is recognized as a spokesperson for multiracial Americans.[5] He frequently appears in media[6] and has received several awards, including being named a "Point of Light" by President George W. Bush.[3] In 2004, as vice president of the Association of MultiEthnic Americans, he was the multiracial representative on the U.S. Department of Commerce's Decennial Census Advisory Committee.[7] In 2005 he presented testimony to Congress about mixed-race health concerns.[7]

Kelley has volunteered with several organizations that work with youth, Asian American, African American and lesbian and gay issues.[7]

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