Joseph Matara


Joseph Matara is the Chief Operating Officer at Unbound Philanthropy. He oversees all aspects of the organization’s finance and operations, human resources, information technology, and grants management.

Joseph joined Unbound in May 2023. He brings extensive experience working in philanthropy, non-profit, and for-profit institutions. Most recently, Joseph served as Chief Financial Officer at the Victoria Foundation, a place-based foundation in Newark, N.J., where he worked since 2017. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer at New Community Corporation in Newark. The organization is recognized as one of the largest, most comprehensive community development corporations in the United States. He worked there for 15 years.

Joseph is originally from Kenya and has spent time there developing schools for children in informal settlements. As the founder of the GRACE Project, a not-for-profit organization, he helps provide opportunities for families in rural Kenya through education, healthcare, and vocational training. He still volunteers at GRACE and is a board member at several non-profit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Joseph has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from New Jersey City University and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. John’s University.