Matt Peskin - Matt Peskin has dedicated his life to crime prevention at the grassroots level.
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native Matt Peskin contributes to the overall safety and peace of mind of thousands of neighborhoods across the United States through his non-profit organization, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). Mr. Peskin created the Association in 1981, just five years after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Journalism from Pennsylvania State University.
Currently operating as Executive Director, Peskin provides direction and vision for the National Association of Town Watch. At its core, the NATW seeks to connect neighborhood-based, law enforcement-affiliated crime and drug prevention groups with like-minded organizations around the country. In doing so, Mr. Peskin provides a resource for the disparate groups to share success stories and innovations that worked, to try and spread functional methods among numerous communities. Typical members of the NATW include local neighborhood watch associations, crime deterrent groups sponsored by local merchants, and local law enforcement agencies.
With over 30 years of service to the greater public good, Matt Peskin continues to dedicate himself to the crime and drug prevention organization. The NATW’s most recognizable achievement is the National Night Out event. Sponsored by Target, National Night Out occurs on the first Tuesday in August. It attracts over 36 million people in all 50 states to the purposes of building awareness of local crime issues, creating solidarity among neighbors, and raising morale among citizens and law enforcement personnel alike.
When not actively engaged in managing the NATW, Mr. Peskin enjoys playing golf and recreational hockey. A former collegiate athlete, he played ice hockey for his alma mater and, when just 16 years old, founded the Lower Marion Ice Hockey Club.
Mr. Peskin and his wife raised two children and presently live in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.