Matt Saenz

Matt Saenz is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin earning master’s degrees in Public Affairs and Energy and Earth Resources. His research currently focuses on natural resource policy and law.

Matt was born in the small town of Alice, Texas, and grew up in Florida, California, and the Dominican Republic. After graduating from high school, he moved back to Texas to attend St. Edward’s University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 2016. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving the J.J. “Jake” Pickle Scholarship from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

During his undergraduate education, Matt completed two internships with Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan, not-for-profit political research organization. At Vote Smart, Matt was tasked with researching and summarizing key state legislation.

Outside of politics and academia, Matt is an avid rock climber who enjoys spending time at the limestone crags of Central Texas. After completing his master’s degrees, he plans on earning a Ph.D. in Political Science.