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Recognized as Legacy Magazine’s 40 under 40, The Miami Times’ New Generation of Dreamers, and Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders, Matthew A. Pigatt became the youngest elected official in South Florida in 2016 as Commissioner for the City of Opa-locka. In 2018, he defeated legacy politicians to become Mayor. Mayor Pigatt graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and Psychology. As the first in his family to go away to college, Mayor Pigatt earned over $100,000 while in school and participated in international research training programs in Paris, France and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He conducted national award-winning research at UC-Berkeley, Emory University, and Morehouse College on high-achieving Black men. Mayor Pigatt created #TheAcademicHustle to help families earn money for school and develop their careers. He assisted his little brother in earning over $300k for undergrad and dental school, established and managed multi-million dollar scholarship funds, and helped hundreds of people earn thousands of dollars in funding for school.
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