Matthew A. Reynolds is the North America Representative for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). UNRWA provides essential humanitarian and human development services to approximately 5 million registered Palestine refugees in the Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. He has also served as the Agency’s Acting Chief of Staff in UNRWA’s Jerusalem and Amman headquarters. Prior to his appointment with UNRWA, Matt Reynolds served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs through January 20, 2009. In this capacity he was the principal congressional advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and directed all State Department relations and operations with the U.S. Congress. Before his confirmation by the U.S. Senate he served as the bureau’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and, intermittently, as Acting Assistant Secretary beginning in March 2005. Mr. Reynolds joined the Department of State in 2003 as Director of House Affairs during which time he received the Department’s Superior Honor Award for Service. He held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Senate Affairs from 2004 to 2005. Before moving to the State Department, Mr. Reynolds spent 17 years in numerous senior positions in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was the Staff Director of the powerful House Rules Committee, guiding all major legislation on the House floor, as well as professional staff on the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees. In addition to his congressional committee assignments, Matt Reynolds served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Jay Kim (CA-41) and Legislative Director to U.S. Representative Robert Lagomarsino (CA-19). Matt is a native of Dover, Massachusetts and grew up in Kanpur, India and Beirut, Lebanon. He received his Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) and the Dean’s Citation from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is a Senior Congressional Fellow with the Stennis Center for Public Service at Mississippi State and a trustee of International College in Beirut, Lebanon.