Matthew Leiphon is a Project Manager for the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) in Crookston, MN.

Before joining AURI, Matthew was a field representative with the Office of U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp in northeastern North Dakota.  His areas of focus included agriculture, rural issues, economic development, small business, infrastructure, housing, and military and veterans affairs.

Prior to his time serving on Senator Heitkamp’s staff, Matthew spent eight years as a research and development analyst for Praxis Strategy Group- an economic and strategy development firm based in North Dakota.  During his time with Praxis, Matthew helped support, develop, and guide a wide variety of projects, working with stakeholders in the private, public, nonprofit, defense, research, and educational sectors.

Matthew is a native of a family farm in Crary, ND.  He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2007 with a master’s degree in public administration. In addition to his graduate degree, Matthew also completed a B.A. with majors in political science and history from the University of North Dakota.