Matthew Holland has held several leadership positions in higher education. He was the associate director of BYU’s London Study Abroad Program in 2008.  Holland has taught a variety of courses including American Heritage, Modern Political Philosophy, and Public Ethics. Since 1996, Holland has worked as a part‑ time independent management consultant. He also worked as a special assistant to Governor Michael O. Leavitt from 1992 to 1994 and as Chief of Staff to the CEO of the Monitor Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1992 to 1994.

Holland holds doctorate and master degrees in political science from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from BYU. From 2005‑ 2006, he served as a Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and as the Raoul Wallenberg Scholar at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1991. Holland is the son of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The elder Holland also is a former president of BYU.