Matt Eldridge has more than 20 years of experience spearheading strategic initiatives and securing financing for, launching, and scaling emerging businesses and social ventures. Specialties include:
Executive leadership, strategy, and board and investor relations
Financial management, modeling, financing and due diligence
Operations oversight, process design and global vendor management
Selected recent engagements include: CFO at a multimedia venture and at a trusted social network for parents, EVP of Partnerships at Emergency Water Relief, a maker of solar-powered, water filtration systems for global humanitarian organizations and governments, and Interim Executive Director of Salish Sea Expeditions, a provider of innovative, hands-on science education to over 1,000 students annually. Previously, Matt was President and Co-founder of Online Video Service, a leader in open government solutions for U.S. federal and state agencies. Under his leadership, the privately-held company expanded to Washington, D.C., Europe, South Asia and China and achieved profitability.
Matt is an advisor to several emerging, high-growth ventures, including a crowd-sourcing platform for nonprofit debt financing and an enterprise-grade survey platform. He has presented to two dozen top-tier venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, the Northwest and the Mid-Atlantic region, and raised funds from angel investors from Seattle to Boston. Matt's international experience includes living and working in Berlin, Prague, South Africa and Amsterdam. Past positions include COO at a national health care reform organization, SVP at a regional public affairs group, Senior Associate at a top West Coast sustainability consulting firm and Southern Africa consultant to a global nongovernmental organization.
Matt earned a MBA from Yale School of Management (SOM), a MA from the University of Cape Town as a Rotary Scholar, and a BA with Honors from Stanford University. He is co-chair of Yale SOM's Seattle alumni chapter, board member at several local nonprofits, and has served on various other boards, including Yale School of Management Alumni Association and a mid-sized financial institution.
Matt is currently on leave while filling a long-term role at Islandwood.