Our Team

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.


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.

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