Matt Sheldon joins the Hunt Institute’s Social Enterprise 2021 Cohort as an Intrapreneur. His project focuses on waste to energy, a circular system to recover food waste and bioplastics and convert them into energy. This system helps divert waste from landfills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create new revenue streams. A coalition of local companies, government organizations, and academia will be created to bring forward a solution in DFW, while also creating a template to replicate in other regions.
Sheldon is a Communications Lead for Toyota Motor North America Social Innovation and is responsible for developing and implementing communications programs for the division’s community sustainability, inclusive mobility, and workforce development initiatives. He also is Chair of the company’s environmental-focused employee resource group – Terra – at Toyota’s North American headquarters. Active in the community, Sheldon also serves as a Commissioner for the City of McKinney’s Arts Council.
Prior to Toyota, Sheldon was a Vice President at a Los Angeles-based public relations and investor relations firm, responsible for developing and implementing strategic investor relations programs for public and pre-IPO clients. He was also part of the firm’s new media practice, developing digital strategies to achieve client objectives. Before that, Sheldon was a media relations specialist for an investor relations firm, where he handled publicity and issues management for clients across various sectors, including healthcare, technology, clean energy, and financial services.
Sheldon began his career as a News Producer for Tokyo Broadcasting System where he traveled across the United States covering news stories for network broadcast. He graduated with a degree in International Business with a specialization in Japanese and finance, and he completed a certificate program in public relations.
When asked what his motivation is as a social intrapreneur he answered, “I’m motivated through a sense of urgency to address societal and environmental challenges. Through social innovation, we can tackle systemic issues while strengthening business.”
Stay tuned to the Hunt Institute Digest to follow Matt, and his Cohort, on this journey in 2021 as he pursues waste to energy solutions in the DFW area.
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