Matt Blankinship, a 27-year-old security software engineer from Albany, California, now residing in San Francisco, is a joyful, empathetic, and persistent individual who has always dreamed of being a part of the Survivor show. He identifies himself as a combination of past Survivor legends, taking the characteristics of Yul’s listening and consensus-building skills and combining them with Maryanne’s goofiness and youthful energy. In his alliance partner, Matt values genuine connection and open communication to mutually benefit each other. His hobbies include Taiko, music, and running, and his pet peeves are people who interrupt others. Matt’s proudest accomplishment is running a marathon and he is inspired by his parents who always put their children first. With a combination of a goofy grin, strategic brain, and a competitive streak, Matt believes he will be the last one standing and become the Sole Survivor.