Holliday named new executive. Director of the PA Bar Association
Matthew M. Holliday of West Chester will be the elected executive director of the Pennsylvania Bar Association effective January 2, 2023.
Holliday is currently Executive Director of the Chester County Bar Association and the Chester County Bar Foundation.
“Matt brings to the PBA a track record of growing membership, expanding community partnerships, and expanding benefits and services for member attorneys,” said PBA President Jay N. Silberblatt. “His warm and engaging personality, strong management skills and commitment to service make Matt the right choice to fill the leadership and administration position of the PBA. We are delighted to welcome Matt on board at the start of the new year.
“I am thrilled at this opportunity to contribute to the long and successful history of Pennsylvania’s largest organized bar association,” Holliday said. “I look forward to working with the PBA Board of Governors, staff and our active members to be an advocate for the legal profession and to provide the high level of support lawyers need in their ever-changing practices.
Prior to beginning work at the Chester County Bar Association in January 2020, Holliday served as elected Prothonotary of Chester County. He has worked with hundreds of lawyers, the judges of the Court of Common Pleas and thousands of members of the public, striving to ease the administrative burden on the justice system.
He previously served for five years as chief of staff to State Rep. Dan Truitt of Chester County.
Holliday is a very active member of his community. He is the longest serving president of the West Chester Downtown Foundation, past chairman of the West Chester Public Library Board, past chairman of the Chester County Domestic Violence Center Board of Trustees, president leaving the Friends Association. for the Child Care and Protection Board, the Past President of the Arc of Chester County, a Past President of the Rotary Club of West Chester, a Trustee of the Greater West Chester Rotary Foundation, a Past Member and Secretary of the West Chester Area Senior Center Board of Directors, Chairman of the West Chester University Alumni Association Board of Directors, Board Member of the Chester County Community Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Friars’ Society Alumni Association Board of Directors, Director of the West Chester University Foundation, Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Business Improvement District Board Vice Chair o, Student Services Inc Board Member. , former West Chester Salvation Army board member and Third Degree Knight of Columbus in West Chester. Previously, he served for four years as Vice Chairman of the West Chester Parks and Recreation Commission.
Holliday has been honored several times for his community service. He was named Citizen of the Year 2018 by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. He received the 2018 Senator Robert J. Thompson Public Service Award from the Exton Area Chamber of Commerce. He received the 2020 Vista Millennial Superstar Award and was inducted into West Chester University’s Legacy of Leadership in 2020. In 2012 he was named Rotarian of the Year and in 2013 Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of West Chester. Additionally, he received the 2018 Outstanding Young Professional in Public Administration Award from the American Society for Public Administration.
Holliday graduated from West Chester University.
Holliday steps into the leadership role currently held by the PBA’s longest-serving executive director, Barry M. Simpson. At the PBA’s annual meeting earlier this year, Simpson announced his intention to retire at the end of May 2023, by which time Simpson will be in his 25e year to ensure the administrative and managerial direction of the association.
Silberblatt thanked the task force leading the job search, including its chairs, outgoing PBA President Kathleen D. Wilkinson of Philadelphia, Michael B. Jones of Beaver and Stephanie F. Latimore of Harrisburg.
“It was a months-long process to seek out, identify and hire a professional with the multiple skills necessary to continue pushing our association forward as the voice of Pennsylvania attorneys,” Silberblatt said. “We had an exceptional pool of interested candidates from across the country. Ultimately, the PBA selected a Pennsylvania native who brings us the knowledge of working for a bar and who understands the many facets of leadership necessary to successfully run a member-driven organization.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote fairness, professional excellence, and respect for the law. improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve attorneys who are members of the largest organized bar in the state.