Mathew Swerdloff is beginning a new chapter in his life with the GWI Fellowship. A resident of the Hudson Valley for over three decades, he has just retired from a twenty-five year career in public education, as a teacher and an administrator. His new chapter will include devoting much of his time to the work of the Maya Gold Foundation, which he founded with his wife Elise in 2015. Mathew is the President of the Board of the Maya Gold Foundation and is passionate about the Mission and Vision of the organization. Mathew loves being outdoors, hiking in the Catskills and the Schawangunks, and biking the many Hudson Valley trails. He is an Adjunct Professor of Education at SUNY New Paltz and at Manhattan College, where he teaches in the School Leadership programs, and he travels the world teaching for SUNY Buffalo’s International Graduate Program for Educators.