Eat. Blog. Drum
Master of Science, Communication
Purdue University, 2018
Bachelors of Science, Business Administration
Seton Hall University, 2010
Matt Pana was born to be a storyteller.
His story’s roots first took shape in at Seton Hall University, where he studied abroad in 4 countries and was quickly elected as one of the youngest National Chairs of FIND Inc., the east coast’s largest Filipino-American student organization.
After graduation, Matt pursued his life-long vocation for music, From fully-funding their first Kickstarter in under 48 hours to reaching over 100k views on YouTube, his band Mitchell Grey would tour with acclaimed acts including The Voice’s Tim Atlas, America’s Got Talent’s Us The Duo, and the Grammy award-winning Tori Kelly.
Upon the band’s sabbatical, Matt would pivot to develop his own podcast LIKEWISE, featuring guests including Timothy De La Ghetto (MTV’s Wild ‘N Out) and The Fil-Harmonic (Pitch Perfect 2). He would also return to his roots: drumming for the award-winning Wyland, and extending his brand even further as a blogger and YouTuber.
His latest mission has been to cultivate communities and develop engaging content, garnering a decade of experience in marketing, production, and digital media. After serving as a Communication Consultant for the United Nations (UNDP), Matt would go on to complete a Master’s in Communication at Purdue University.
In this current chapter, Matt leverages his passions for media and technology to serve ISDA as a thought leader in the public sector. He also hosts the web series Deep Cuts on the Array of Hope Network, covering social media and pop culture trends through the lens of human dignity.
In his spare time, Matt can be found watching 80’s wrestling, tweeting about Catholicism, and binge-reading Chris Claremont’s run of the X-Men. He’s also an active Yelp Elite member, attending food events across the city!
Content & Projects
Array of Hope
Theo & Harris
International Swaps and Derivatives Association
United Nations Development Programme
The Holy Ruckus Podcast
Thrillist - Milk Sugar Love
Eat. Blog. Drum
Mitchell Grey’s Heartstrings
Wyland @ WNYC’s The Greene Space
Bayani Warrior Martial Arts
Bayani Warrior is a group that seeks to improve lives by strengthening the body, mind, and spirit.
Convey Vintage & Design
Connect with curated finds, engage in aesthetic spaces.
Sanctuary is a place of welcoming where we provide practical, client-centered therapy that always proceeds at your individual pace.
Grown straight from the Garden State, we are a boutique inbound agency built for passionate brands, delivering sales, marketing, service and CRM solutions.
Brax Canon Blade Company
Create from the grind up, custom knives, kerambits, and sheaths
World Youth Alliance
WYA serves young people around the world to build a culture that supports and nurtures the dignity of the person. Our work is divided into three program areas: Advocacy, Education and Culture.
Inner City Scholarship Fund
Inner-City exists to ensure that the gift of an excellent Catholic school education continues to be a viable option for students of all faiths today and for future generations to come.
WeDignify envisions college campuses to be centers for a culture of life where people treat life with love, new life is welcomed with joy, and people suffering from abortion are led to healing hope.
Search and Care
Search and Care’s mission is to seek out older people in the community who need help in managing life’s daily activities or accessing essential services, and to provide them the support and companionship they require to live with security and dignity in the manner they choose.
The mission of Franciscan Charities is to tend to the critical needs of the poor, provide tools to rise above poverty and support physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
The books that changed my life!
Wild at Heart
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, because what the world needs are men who have come alive.” — John Eldridge
“Setting boundaries inevitably involves taking responsibility for your choices. You are the one who makes them. You are the one who must live with their consequences. And you are the one who may be keeping yourself from making the choices you could be happy with. We must own our own thoughts and clarify distorted thinking.” — Henry Cloud
Man’s Search for Meaning
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” — Viktor Frankl
“God's definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.” — Francis Chan
“For pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.” — CS Lewis
“Faith and hope are provisional; they exist only for this earth and will pass away. In heaven, faith will be replaced by sight, and hope by possession; only love will never pass away.”
— Jacques Philippe
Life of the Beloved
“Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life...all of our life.”
— Henri J.M. Nouwen
The Last Lecture
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
— Randy Pausch
“The job isn't to catch up to the status quo; the job is to invent the status quo.”
— Seth Godwin
“Insight is not a lightbulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.”
— Malcolm Gladwell
The meals the changed my life!
Flatiron, New York
Algiers Point, New Orleans
Mexico City, Mexico
London, United Kingdom
Turf Supper Club
San Diego, California
The albums that changed my life!
Death Cab for Cutie
A Rush of Blood to the Head
Jimmy Eat World
World World World
Asian Kung Fu Generation
The Gaslight Anthem
Commit This to Memory
Motion City Soundtrack
Hiding Inside the Horrible Weather
My American Heart
The Blue Album
So Long, See You Tomorrow
Bombay Bicycle Club
After The Party
The movies that changed my life!
That Thing You Do
Dead Poets Society
The Big Hit
Stand By Me
I Love You Man
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty