Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) is a bi-national foundation focused on building bridges of understanding and cooperation between the United States and Mexico. Every day, we are motivated to cultivate relationships of genuine friendship and identify areas of opportunity to contribute to the greatness and prosperity of the North American region. As a result of our rich, complex, history and geography, we share huge economic interests, a united vision, and a prosperous future together.
Very few countries in the world have a connection as strong, dynamic, and influential as the one between our two nations as neighbors. Fortunately for Mexicans and Americans, we are two countries with strong identities that complement one another, share vast natural resources, and alike in our keen ability to overcome challenges.
That’s why I feel very honored to preside over and contribute all my energy to building a platform for MATT, one of reflection, action, long-term planning and the discovery of opportunities that have the greatest unified impact for our communities.
Based on this philosophy, MATT pioneered a study of migration and implemented the program, “Yo soy Mexico,” enabling the employment of thousands of people who returned to Mexico in search of work. Our “Maestro en Casa” program has helped thousands of Mexicans to understand the culture, lifestyle, language and the best way to integrate into American society. Technological innovation in our online English programs has allowed us to break language barriers for thousands of young people and adults.
Currently, we promote the training of Mexican public officials at the municipal level to better integrate return migrants into their communities, and we also promote programs to improve the training of medical service providers in the country. We continually encourage dialogue and build solutions among border states. Launching the “Bordernomics” initiative just last year, which reflects on the data of our shared border study which shows the importance and the untapped potential of the border region.
Personally, MATT is definitely a huge source of pride. In the coming years, our foundation will continue its efforts to explore best practices and the best ways to strengthen friendship and exchanges for the benefit of our people and the benefit of these great nations, Mexico and the United States of America.
Alonso Ancira Elizondo
Chairman of the Board,
Foundation for Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together