Matthew Sheldon, Social Intrapreneur and Communications Lead for Toyota Motor North America Social InnovationMatthew Sheldon is an extremely dynamic individual with experience across corporate communication programs, public relations, investor relations firms, and a passion for combating societal and environmental challenges.

Beginning his career as a News Producer for Tokyo Broadcasting System, he eventually graduated with a degree in International Business, earning a specialization in Japanese and finance, and dedicating himself to completing a certificate program in public relations as well.

Sheldon went on to take on the role of Vice President of a Los Angeles-based public relations and investor relations firm, where he was tasked with developing and implementing strategic investor relations programs for public and pre-IPO clients. He also helped to spearhead the firm’s new media practice, developing digital strategies to achieve client objectives. Sheldon also has experience as 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.

Currently, 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.

Matthew Sheldon joined the Hunt Institute’s Social Enterprise 2021 Cohort as an Intrapreneur. Inspiring corporate calls-to-action regarding diverting waste from landfills and decreasing environmental impact is a proven passion of Sheldon’s. 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.

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 Matthew, and his Cohort, as he pursues waste to energy solutions in the DFW area.

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