Matt Scharfstein – Founder and Executive Director
Matt Scharfstein is the Founder and Executive Director of The Loyal Opposition. Matt volunteered with Hillary for America during the 2016 Presidential campaign and became an active Trump resister after the election, founding The Loyal Opposition to encourage civic activism.
Raised in New York City, Matt first became interested in politics as a teenager volunteering for Michael Bloomberg’s 2001 Campaign for Mayor of New York. He studied Political Science and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he remained active in political issues.
Before founding The Loyal Opposition, Matt worked in legal marketing, corporate public relations and as an investor. He is also a certified scuba instructor.
Nick DeCaro – Director of Resources
Nick DeCaro is the Director of Resources at The Loyal Opposition. He is an entrepreneur and small business owner with experience in the building industry and project management.
His focus with The Loyal Opposition is on building and supporting best practices for constituent actions, both at the federal and state level.
Nick’s educational background is in communications and cultural studies and he spent several years doing field research abroad. Before joining The Loyal Opposition, Nick was involved in community volunteering with an emphasis on elder care. Nick is a lifetime resident of the west coast with a passion for the outdoors.
Karen Kirchen – Treasurer and Director of Research
Karen Kirchen is the Director of Research and Treasurer at The Loyal Opposition. She is a retired corporate lawyer with 30+ years of experience as a senior lawyer representing a global financial institution in New York City. Karen’s experience includes all aspects of international banking transactions and regulation.
Her focus with The Loyal Opposition is researching and writing calls to action and acting as Treasurer.
Karen splits her time between New York and Southern Florida. Her retirement passions, in addition to the Resistance, include travel, outdoor sports and health research.