Meet Matthew Fieldman
We're all good at something, and Matt Fieldman is good at growing organizations by helping them sell themselves more effectively. Whether its their products, services, vision, or cause, Matt has succeeded throughout his career in helping organizations successfully pitch themselves to potential clients, funders, investors, and customers.
It all started in 2000 when, after graduating from the University of Florida with a BS in Psychology, Matt spent a year in Israel on Project OTZMA doing volunteer work in various locations and capacities. Upon returning to the States, Matt worked in Washington, DC, for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and then Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. In 2005, Matt completed his MBA at The George Washington University; in 2009, he earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University. From 2006 to 2007, Matt worked in St. Petersburg, Russia, as a volunteer with the Joint Distribution Committee’s Jewish Service Corps. Matt and his family then moved to Cleveland in the summer of 2007, and since then has worked for the Jewish Federation (2007-2009), MedWish International (2010-2012), and Fathom (2012-2014), before launching Rockit Results in November 2012. In 2015, Matt joined the team at MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, as their VP for External Affairs, where he directs the organization's marketing, fundraising, legislative relations, and more.
While at MedWish, Matt caught the social entrepreneurship fever, helping grow the organization from five employees to eleven through expanding the organization's fee-for-service model. At the same time, he met Brandon Chrostowski, and the two partnered to launch EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute. EDWINS is Cleveland's only nonprofit restaurant, and its mission is to teach formerly-incarcerated men and women careers in fine dining. Matt is currently the Board President and, for his work in raising $500,000 to make this idea a reality, he was named “2014 Fundraiser of the Year” by Fundraising Success magazine. The work of EDWINS has been profiled in The New York Times, Forbes, CNN Heroes, and Cleveland Magazine. Along the way, Matt has brought recognition to his organizations through winning numerous awards: the Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneurship Award (both for MedWish in 2011 and EDWINS in 2015), the 2012 Toshiba "Help the Helpers" Award, the 2012 Mutual of America Community Partnership Award, the 2012 Sherwin Williams Signature Grant, and the Social Venture Partners Investee Award (for MedWish in 2011 and EDWINS in 2013). He also was instrumental in sending one of the first shipments of humanitarian aid to South Sudan.
After growing MedWish and co-founding EDWINS, in March 2016 Matt launched his newest social venture, Cleveland Codes. This new program, in coordination with Cuyahoga Community College, offers careers in software development to Cleveland's inner-city adults. The idea won the Accelerate 2015 pitch competition, and this nonprofit software development academy now has 14 students. Where possible, Matt mentors and supports social entrepreneurship through Cleveland's Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator and Purpose Capital initiatives.
Matt is an alum of Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2012, was named Engage!Cleveland’s first ever “Rising Star,” and was named to Cleveland’s “25 Under 35.” In 2011, Matt was named an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, and spent three weeks studying social enterprise at Cambridge University in England and ESSEC Business School in Paris. Most recently, Matt served as United Synagogue Youth's 2015 Changemaker-in-Residence, traveling the country and inspiring teens to repair their world. For his work in the community, Matt was selected as a 2015 Difference Maker by the Cleveland Jewish News.