Valley Village Matthew Swearman is the senior director of development and donor relations at Valley Village, a nonprofit serving women and men with developmental and intellectual challenges. Prior to his work with Valley Village, he provided strategic consulting for nonprofits, national associations, and corporations for over 15 years. He currently serves on the Valley Industry and Commerce Association’s board as well as its Executive and Nonprofit Committees, Foundation Board, and DEI Task Force. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, Swearman served as president of the board for Washington, D.C.’s Different Drummers, an LGBTQ community band in Washington, D.C. ALMA MATER: Penn State University BEST ADVICE: If people don’t appreciate you, that’s on them. Be your best self. From my mom. FAVORITE BOOK: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. BUCKET LIST: Enjoy life and be happy.