Matt Gilroy joined the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation in August of 2014 as the first Executive Director of the newly formed non-profit organization. Matt has more than ten years of experience in the non-profit sector and has extensive experience in business development, fundraising and managing non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the FCEDC Matt worked at Defiance College as the Chief Development Officer, overseeing a staff of nine people in Advancement and Alumni Relations, and at ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital Foundation, where he increased annual contributions more than 300% over his tenure.
Matt is proud to have raised funds for Kaitlyn’s Cottage, a place of respite for young adults with special needs. To date, Kaitlyn’s Cottage is the only respite center of its type located on a community hospital campus in the United States. Matt has also raised funds to support scholarship programs for Defiance College students and various health programs that benefit the Defiance community. He created the discounted mammogram program at Defiance Regional Hospital, a scholarship program that benefitted area high-school students entering studies in healthcare and a program to provide car seats to families that needed a safe seat.
Matt has served in Rotary International for more than eleven years, is a former President of the Kiwanis of Defiance Club, and has served in leadership positions in several organizations; including American Red Cross of Defiance County, Defiance Area YMCA, Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio, the Defiance County Airport Authority and the Defiance College Alumni Executive Board.
Matt was recipient of the Toledo Area 20 Under 40 award and he was nominated by former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine to attend a U.S. Senate Youth Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002 from Defiance College and he has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Marketing and Management.
Matt’s most significant accomplishments are the birth of his two daughters, Teylan and Malayla Gilroy. Matt and his wife Jennie are live in the Village of Archbold in Fulton County.