Matty Lazo-Chadderton was born and raised in Lima, Peru.
The oldest of five siblings, she
became an educator, following in the footsteps of her
maternal grandmother and mother.
She graduated from National Women Pedagogic Institute, Lima Peru, with a degree in elementary education.
Then, she went on to pursue a graduate degree from the Doctoral Faculty of Sciences of Pedagogy at the National University of Education in Lima, Peru.
After graduation, she worked for four years as an elementary school teacher.
In 1974, she moved to Caracas, Venezuela, where she worked at MAI de Venezuela, Inc. first, as a Credit and Collections Manager and then, as Manager of the Department of Education and Computer Services.
In 1983, she moved to La Romana, Dominican Republic, where she established and managed Galleria Equis, an international art gallery.
In search of better services for her
son David, who has autism, Lazo-Chadderton
family moved in 1987 to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Since the very beginning, she
was active in disability advocacy organizations and has gone through intensive training in regular and special education and early intervention.
Her accomplishments include a fellowship with the Early Childhood Leadership Development Program, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1994-95; fellowship with the Education Policy Fellowship Program, 2000-01; a fellowship with the Institute for Educational Leadership in 1996; and in 2003 a fellowship with the Institute of Political Leadership at UNC-Wilmington; and she is a Goodmon Fellow, 1993.
Over the years, Lazo-Chadderton has been a Multicultural Consultant for Hispanic families and children with and without disabilities.
She also worked for the Durham Interagency Council, as the Hispanic Consultant for Families until 1997, and from 1998 to January 2000; she worked as the Hispanic/Latino Education Advocate for NC Justice and Community Development Center, becoming in 1999 the first Hispanic woman lobbyist for NC General Assembly for Educational Issues and for English Language Learners (ELL).
Lazo-Chadderton was the Director, Hispanic and Latino Affairs for Senator Marc Basnight, President Pro Tempore of the NC Senate, 2001 to 2011; Consultant for Community Outreach for the Legislative Joint Redistricting Committee, April 2011 to June 2011.
Currently Lazo-Chadderton is the Institutional Public Affairs Officer for the Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh.
In addition to her
has served on a variety of task forces such as: Closing the Achievement Gap, DPI, Basic Skills/Literacy, NC Community Colleges and Latino Health Task Force at the Institute of Medicine
has served on the boards of NC Council on Developmental Disabilities
, NC Autism Society
, Leadership Triangle
, Wake Up Wake County
, NC MLK Center
, NC Center for International Understanding
, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Currently
serves on the boards of NC Public Schools Forum
, Susan G Komen for the Cure, Triangle Affiliate, NC Governor's Conference for Women, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Advisory Board, Center for Sustainable Tourism
at ECU Advisory Board.
lives in Cary.
has two sons David, 28 from Cary, and Andrew, 26 from South Corea.