Matt Sigelman

Matt Sigelman

President, Burning Glass Institute

Matt Sigelman is President of the Burning Glass Institute, Chairman of Lightcast, and a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Situated at the intersection of work and learning, the Burning Glass Institute advances data-driven research and practice for the future of work and the future of workers.

Matt has dedicated his career to unlocking new avenues for mobility, opportunity, and equity through skills.  Matt and his team created the field of real-time labor market data, a breakthrough innovation that has transformed the way that employers, educational institutions, policy makers, researchers, and workers understand, plan for, and connect with the world of work.  By mining billions of job openings and career histories and with the backing of private equity leader KKR, Matt led Lightcast, formerly known as Emsi Burning Glass, to become a foremost authority on the global market for talent, harnessing advanced AI and natural language processing to render data that provide unprecedented granularity on the changing landscape of opportunity for workers.

By tracking demand for tens of thousands of skills across over 30 countries, Matt’s work has cracked the genetic code of an increasingly dynamic market, with deep insights that not only chart how work is being redefined but also identify the skills that bridge the gap between people and opportunity.  This intelligence is critical in protecting the workforce from obsolescence and in highlighting routes to social mobility even amidst the threat of massive automation-driven displacement.  

Before launching the Burning Glass Institute, Matt served as CEO of Lightcast for nineteen years and continues to serve as the company’s Chairman.  Previously, Matt worked at McKinsey & Company and at Capital One.  

Matt is also Founder of the Main Line Classical Academy, an elementary school bringing the classical liberal arts curriculum and rigorous study in math and science to the kindergarten level on up and dedicated to the idea that children are never too young to learn great things.   

He writes widely on the job market and is consulted frequently by public officials and the global media. Matt holds an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard and is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.