“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson”
Danny Matos tries to embody Mr. Robinson’s words in his daily actions. After 22 years of incarceration (released on November 25, 2011) he was subsequently elected onto the board of directors of Hudson Link in October of 2012. He received his Bachelors of Science in 2004 with Hudson Link/Mercy College and his Masters in Professional Studies from New York Theological Seminary in 2006. During his student years he also served as the Academic Coordinator’s Assistant from 2002-2007. It was in this capacity that “I found true integrity and freedom – to be able to assist the men enroll into college and see their loved ones at graduation filled with pride, as my loved ones feel for me is priceless.”
It is his mission as a member of the Post Release Committee to continue to work closely with the faculty, board of directors, and alumni. He hopes to lead with integrity and will strive to provide meaningful and impactful relationships as more of our alumni are released. As our alumni services becomes more cultivated, he envisions networking forums with topics that will include finance, health, family, and transitional counseling.
Currently, Mr. Matos works as a Personal Coach – Household Manager and has been a guest speaker on prison education and the Hudson Link program at Mercy College, Columbia University, the IRP program at the New School, NYU School of Social Work, Henry Street Settlement, United Postal Service’s Community Involvement Program and many more. He is also an advocate for Exodus Transitional Community, Inc., a non-profit that provides re-entry services for recently released people, and Broadway Housing Communities, a non-profit that provides services for the homeless.
Mr. Matos finds peace while on the baseball diamond. He plays in two different leagues and can be found at Yankee stadium whenever the opportunity presents itself – sharing his love of sports and life lessons with his nieces, nephews, and the youth he comes in contact with.