Matt Scassero, M.P.A. '17
Director, University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site; facilitator/peer/mentor, Warfighter Advance (veteran PTS nonprofit)
"I have realized the thing I want to do is to have an impact, to have what I do make a difference in somebody's life."
For Matt Scassero, M.P.A. '17, life is centered around service to others. After 27 years with the US Navy, he retired from military service and began his career with the University of Maryland's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site.
"I came looking for an experience I couldn't get anywhere else," he says, describing why he chose to enroll in the College of Public Affairs. "And, I found it at UB. Now I want to make sure others get the experience they are looking for and need."
Scassero stays engaged by serving on the College of Public Affairs Dean's Advisory Council, meeting regularly to discuss how to enhance learning outcomes for students within the College.
"When volunteering, think about where you can add value. It could be time or talent, but make the commitment based on your connection. Plus getting to work alongside the dean and my fellow board members keeps me jazzed – they are all incredible individuals!"
In his career and as a student, Scassero has been grateful for the impact others have had on his life.
"I was able to receive that gift from others, take it on and make it my own, and then offer it back."
In addition to his volunteer activity, Scassero makes an annual gift to the College's Annual Giving Fund.
"Investment is what makes exceptional outcomes happen. The UB community is not satisfied with the status quo – and we have the knowledge, skills and energy to make a difference."