Matthew Lerner-Brecher grew up in New York City. He has been interested in math for as long as he can remember and has competed in contests since middle school. Among other things, he qualified for the USAJMO twice and the USAMO once. While in high school, he participated in Math-M-Addicts for three years as a student and was co-captain of both the Stuyvesant and New York City math teams for two years. He is currently a math major at Columbia University.