Matthew Swearman is a member of the VICA Board of Directors and serves as VICA Vice Chair.
Matthew Swearman is the Senior Director of Development and Donor Relations at the
Valley Village, a nonprofit serving adults with developmental and intellectual challenges throughout the San Fernando Valley. Matthew has lived in Los Angeles for six years after relocating from Washington, D.C. in 2014. He enjoys spending time with his partner Bill and their basset hound Hazel.
Tell us about your experience with VICA, how has VICA been valuable for you?
VICA provides value through advocacy on behalf of its members. More specifically, VICA supports policies that help its nonprofit members (like Valley Village) better serve their clients. VICA helps to amplify Valley Village's voice, helping policy makers hear and understand the value we bring to the communities we serve.
If you were to tell a peer or friend about VICA, what would be your sales pitch?
No other organization in L.A. provides the same level of access to influencers and decision makers that you gain through VICA. I've been able to meet and build relationships with some of the smartest people in Los Angeles as a VICA member. VICA's events are top notch, well produced and worthwhile. Above all, VICA staff and leadership provide great value to members.
What is your favorite experience or memory with VICA?
When I first joined VICA, I remember attending my first Business Forecast Conference. I had only been a member for about three months, and I was getting to know staff and some members. As I looked around the event, I remember feeling a sense of belonging and feeling very welcome by members and staff.
Has your company made commitments or taken action to support employees and/or the community during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Valley Village has taken action to provide for the safety and well-being of the people with developmental and intellectual challenges who we serve in the San Fernando Valley. Our staff are providing care, supplies, therapeutic activities and enrichment to the people who live in our residential program, as well as those who live at home with their families.