Micah and Matt are on a mission to educate and connect a network of local community members and actively support their collaborative efforts to regenerate their places.
Founded in mid-2015, The Good Work Institute runs educational programs and enterprise support services that aim to assist these local community members and their organizations as they turn their aspirations for a better tomorrow into specific actions taken on behalf of the people and places of the Hudson Valley.
Matt Stinchcomb is Executive Director of GWI. Before this, Matt was the longest serving employee and the VP, Values, and Impact at Etsy.com. In that role he oversaw the stewardship of the company’s vision, mission, and values, and worked to give all employees the means and the desire to maximize the benefit their work has on people and the planet. In 2013, he was named a GOOD Magazine ‘Figure of Progress’. The next year he was named as one of the Purpose Economy 100. In 2016, He became a BALLE Local Economy Fellow.
Matt also serves on the Board of Directors for the Schumacher Center for New Economics (Chair), Hawthorne Valley Farm, and Naropa University. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in Rhinebeck, NY with his wife, Benedikta, and their sons, Francis and Lewie.
Micah is a facilitator of GWI's Kingston Greenhouse. Micah a facilitator at TMI Project, is also a yoga teacher at Mudita Yoga Lab, a board member of Wild Earth, Radio Kingston and CCE (Center for Creative Education) working with youth and drumming in P.O.O.K. (Percussion Orchestra of Kingston), a helping hand at the Uptown Farmers Market for Freebird Farms, and organizer of Day 1 – an annual New Year’s Day walk celebrating what unites us, as a response to the current discord – he is dedicated to creating positive change in his community. Most importantly, he is a happy father of two.
ABOUT MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS:
“Meet Your Neighbors” is a summer speaker series hosted by HVTech and the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance, in conjunction with the summer residency of NYC startup incubator, Grand Central Tech. As this group of visiting entrepreneurs and technologists work from the Senate Garage in uptown Kingston, we want to help them learn as much as possible about the projects and people that make our community special.
Every Wednesday through the end of August we are inviting a different member of our community to the stage to share the projects they are working on. Come to meet your neighbors and learn why we have so much to be proud of.