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Matthew Tarkenton, Board Secretary

Matt Tarkenton

Matt Tarkenton is a seasoned entrepreneur and finance executive. He currently is Executive Vice President at The Tarkenton Companies and Managing Director with Renova Partners. The Tarkenton Companies are a collection of family businesses in the small business and insurance industries and Renova Partners is a restructuring and investment banking advisor to community banks and emerging growth businesses. Previously, Matt spent more than a decade in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions and wealth management with Wilmington Trust, JPMorgan, The Robinson-Humphrey Company and Alex. Brown & Sons. In 2007, Matt was named as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" by The Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Matt has a demonstrated history of civic leadership, including serving on the boards of Youth Villages (2009-Present), Inner Harbour (2004-2009) Special Olympics Georgia (2004-2009), the National Campaign Committee and Alumni Boards at The Westminster Schools, the Chapter at The Cathedral of St. Philip, and in numerous alumni leadership roles at Princeton University. He also serves on the Youth Villages Georgia Leadership Council and chairs the Annual Campaign in Georgia for Youth Villages.

 Matt earned a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Jeannie, have three children, Anna, Peter and Robert.


About Us
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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