Meet E!C's Board of Directors: Matt Sinclair

Matt Sinclair HeadshotName:  Matt Sinclair

Current company and position: Management Consultant

Education/background: Education:  University of Michigan – BA in Sociology & Business Business Background:  Operations Strategy & Execution

How long have you lived in Cleveland?  22 years, the other 5 years in Ann Arbor, MI for college

Why did you choose to be on the E!C board of directors?  My continued commitment to Engage! Cleveland stems from its potential to positively impact the region and provide a conduit through which future leaders will emerge.  E!C has the ability to change the face of Cleveland not only for its Young Professionals, but for everyone.  We are by no means alone in our goal to improve Cleveland; however, we are positioned to be one of the city’s most impactful organizations.  I am excited to see E!C grow along with Cleveland.

What is your top tip for young professionals in Cleveland? Instead of asking: “What is there for me in Cleveland?”… YPs should be asking: “How can I make Cleveland somewhere I want to live?”  The best resources we have as YPs are our energy and our ability to execute.  Cleveland will only grow if those who live here take a vested interest in its development.  And if you don’t know where to go to act on your idea, ask Engage! Cleveland!

What is your favorite thing about Cleveland?  Cleveland is easily one of the most accessible cities in the nation.  Whether you are interested in theater, the arts, music, cultural diversity, farming or education, there is something in Cleveland for you, and there is someone out there who will be willing to listen to your ideas.  New Yorkers feel lost in a sea of endless people.  Clevelanders have the ability step up and engage in any activity they choose and make an impact.

What would you most like to see change/improve in Cleveland?  Cleveland must continue to improve its national image.  These days, Cleveland has innumerable options for YPs, seasoned professionals and everyone in between.  However, when I travel and people ask me where I am from and I say “Cleveland,” they still ask “Why?”  Over the next 5 years, we all should continue to work on communicating our pride for Cleveland on the national stage.  By 2020, my goal is to have Cleveland spoken of on the same plane as Chicago, Denver, Seattle and Pittsburgh in terms of image and quality of life.  The tools are in place… it is time to manage the message.