Meredith Englander Polsky co-founded Matan in 2000 and currently serves as Matan’s National Director of Institutes and Training. In 2001, Meredith was one of eight national recipients of the inaugural fellowship awarded by Joshua Venture: A Fellowship for Jewish Social Entrepreneurs. She is a contributor to Kveller.com and The New Normal: Blogging Disability of the New York Jewish Week. Meredith has published articles in various print and online publications, including The Washington Jewish Week, PresenTense, The Institute for Southern Jewish Life and eJewishPhilanthropy.
Meredith is a nationally sought-after speaker on Jewish Special Education, and is often called upon as an expert voice in the field. She has taught courses in Jewish Special Education at Gratz College and is a 2017 Covenant Award recipient. For the past 6 years, she has served as the part-time inclusion specialist at Temple Beth Ami Nursery School in Rockville, MD, and is a clinical social worker at Growing Minds Center for Children and Family.
Meredith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College, a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University and a graduate certificate in Early Intervention from Georgetown University. She is co-author of I Have a Question about Death: Clear Answers for All Kids, Inclusion Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017) and I Have a Question about Divorce (JKP, 2018), I Have a Question about Cancer (JKP, 2019) and I Have a Question about Coronavirus (2020). Meredith lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and three children.