Meet our Interim President & CEO - Andy Matott


Andy Matott has been with FRIENDS FIRST for more than seven years . During her tenure, she has served in the roles of Program Team Manager, Community Engagement and Grant Manager, and Director of Grants, Programs and Evaluation. Prior to FRIENDS FIRST, Andy was an Office and Community Engagement Manager for a publishing company and a middle school teacher in the Douglas County School District in Colorado.


"I am excited about the opportunities FRIENDS FIRST has to expand our reach and deepen our impact on youth. That’s why we do what we do. The youth are our future and every day we work to encourage them, give them opportunities, elevate their voices, and be adults committed to their best is a good day!"

Year started at FRIENDS FIRST: 2013

Hometown: Denver, CO

Hobbies/Pastimes: Biking, reading, playing games, taking walks, and spending time with my grandchildren.

Favorite Quote:

"Count life not by the number of breaths you take but the number of moments that take your breath away."

What brought you to FRIENDS FIRST?

My life’s work has always included kids from when I started babysitting at age 11 to now. Eight years ago, I was looking for a new way to support youth outside of teaching and was excited to think I could continue to work on their behalf, just not in the classroom setting. I also had a previous connection with Elycia and appreciated being offered an opportunity to work alongside her and learn about the many benefits non-profits bring to our communities.

How has a mentor impacted your life?

By believing in me and encouraging me at a crucial time when I didn’t believe in myself. She recommended Sheryl Sandburg’s book “Lean In” and it was exactly what I needed at that time.



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