Matt Percin is a Pacific Northwest Native, golf lover, and family man. Matt is a true team player, whether it be sports or strategizing solutions for a new client. He worked his way up the ladder at Charter School Capital; starting as a financial analyst, he is now Director of Finance and Risk. With seven years of experience at Charter School Capital, he shares his perspective and insight
How did you meet Charter School Capital?
After starting my finance career, I was looking for a place that had the potential for me to learn, pick up new skills, and grow. At the time, I was interviewing all over the place. Still, my interview with Charter School Capital made a long-lasting impression. I remember meeting Danielle Fisher (CAO). The meeting was professional and mission-driven, but also unique and welcoming.
Once I started, I began to learn about the work we do and its impact on the broader education movement. I fell in love with this company, and now seven years later, I still feel proud of the impact we’re making.
How would you describe Charter School Capital and your position?
Charter School Capital works with charter schools in a personal way to create solutions tailored to their specific situation. Schools come to us for a host of different reasons. It could be facilities related, such as acquiring a new building or improving a building they own. We assess the school’s situation and provide options for them.
In finance and risk, we provide financial tools and insights to help schools get to their next point in their journey.
What brings you joy? Personally & Professionally
Personally, I love seeing the joy on someone’s face when they’ve accomplished something. For me, motivating, encouraging, educating, or generally helping someone achieve their success is something I love to do.
Professionally, I find joy in creating solutions for complex problems. There are always problems, whether in the marketplace, a new deal, externally or internally. I love being part of the team that goes in and finds the solutions.
When did you learn about this line of work? What called you to it?
I’ve always been interested in education, and I am grateful for my educational career leading me to where I am today. To me, school was a place that made me think critically while also challenging and exciting me. So I’m a big proponent of making sure all students can find a school that will support them in the best possible way that fits their own learning style.
What has kept me working in this field is seeing firsthand that my work has a direct impact in helping schools flourish. All the work I do from behind a desk is translated into different components that make up a school. Having that type of impact on students is impactful and often times keeps me going.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional athlete. What drives me in sports is the strategy, dedication, and community. I played all types of sports growing up, but a passion of mine to this day is golf.
Over the years, what wisdom have you learned?
Don’t be afraid to try new things or take risks. More often than not, your intuition is right.
From your position, how do you impact charter schools?
Over the years, and especially in my position, I have been able to interact face-to-face with clients and see CSC’s impact. In finance and risk, we can locate the pain points for these schools, set up plans, and find pathways to solutions for their pain points. I’ve had the privilege to see the new buildings we’ve funded for schools, their playgrounds, and even the faces of those impacted.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Most days, I wake up looking forward to the day. Whether it be planned or unscheduled, every day presents new challenges and solutions waiting to unbox themselves.
If you could create a new class subject, What would it be?
Strategic Thinking. Thinking of subjects or problems from different angles, understanding the ideology of viewpoints, and finding solutions that may benefit everyone’s needs, combining the practicality of problem-solving with the human, social aspect of conversation.
What piece of advice would you give to recent graduates?
We live in a world with an abundance of information always in front of you, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out what’s accurate and what’s not. I would say research what your passionate about, don’t be afraid to look into things you might disagree with, and don’t be afraid to question the things in front of you.
In your view, what does the world need more of? Less of?
Personally, I’d love to see a more informed and honest community, and less falsity and unreliable resources
What do you hope to see for the Future of Charter Schools?
More choice for students, especially those who struggle with the traditional school system. A system where every student is accommodated can interact socially, feel important, and feel empowered. That’s where I see the Charter system headed, and I am excited about it.
What do you hope to see for the Future of CSC?
Making it bigger. Making it better. Continuing to support the charter school movement while shedding the political noise. Because the movement is already in place, we are just here to help fuel it. We must continue to grow and expand to fit the needs of this empowering educational environment.
Want to share?
Since the company’s inception in 2006, Charter School Capital has been committed to the success of charter schools. We help schools access, leverage, and sustain the resources charter schools need to thrive, allowing them to focus on what matters most – educating students. Our depth of experience working with charter school leaders and our knowledge of how to address charter school financial and operational needs have allowed us to provide over $1.8 billion in support of 600 charter schools that have educated over 1,027,000 students across the country. For more information on how we can support your charter school, contact us. We’d love to work with you!