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. From 2014-2021 she served as the part-time inclusion specialist at Temple Beth Ami Nursery School in Rockville, MD, and is a clinical social worker at Arbit Counseling, specializing in Selective Mutism.
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 the I Have a Question children’s book series Jessica Kingsley Publishers), helping children with special needs (and all children!) grapple with difficult topics. Meredith lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and three children.