Alumni Spotlight – Matt Evans

Name: Matt Evans, MBA ‘08,
Role: Managing Director
Organization: Impact Carbon
Website: www.impactcarbon.org 

Impact Carbon is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve health, protect the environment and reduce poverty through clean energy products that people can use in their homes. It makes innovative technologies such as clean-burning and efficient stoves and water treatment devices available to the poorest people in the developing world. To date it has reached more than 735,000 people with healthy, energy saving products. The projects improve health, reducing fuel dependency within poor communities, and ensuring that climate change solutions generate sustainable livelihood opportunities at a local level. Impact Carbon is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of energy solutions for health and development.

On working with the Center:

The Strategic Management of Nonprofits class taught by Nora Silver helped provide me with frameworks that I still use today. In addition, the Center helped me, with several fellow students, win several Bears Breaking Boundaries awards such as one to develop a Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at Berkeley.

On the value of finding cross-sector solutions:

Economic development in the poorest parts of the world requires effective governance, effective NGOs, and an efficient local private sector. It is difficult to address poverty without working with all three sectors.

On staying involved after graduation:

We participate in the Berkeley Board Fellows program to develop awareness at Haas of the opportunities within the fields of development and social entrepreneurship, and to bring the valuable talents of Haas and Goldman students to bear on global poverty. A Berkeley Board Fellow, Luc Emmanuel, worked with Impact Carbon to re-assess our financial reporting system in a way that was highly valuable for the organization.

On the things missing from his LinkedIn profile:

I love backcountry skiing with my dog in the Sierras and I have a weakness for watching videos of African Wildlife, particularly honey badgers, on YouTube at lunchtime.

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